Call to green-fingered gardeners

Knaresborough in Bloom is once again calling on green fingered Knaresborough gardeners to enter their gardens in the organisation's local gardens competition.
Chair of Knaresborough in Bloom, Coun Christine Willoughby is hoping for plenty of interest this year.
Speaking this week to the Knaresborough Post, Christine said: "We have a proud tradition of wonderful private gardens in Knaresborough.
"Our local gardens competition, which has been running in the town for countless years, is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our hobby and encourage new gardeners to show what they can do as well as show off the talent from our more experienced gardeners."
Entry forms are available now to download from the Knaresborough in Bloom website at or entrants can telephone 01423 866987 or email their details to or
The competition closing date for entries is next Friday, July 13 and the judging dates will be Wednesday and Thursday, July 18 and 19.
The annual awards evening when the various category winners receive their certificates will be at Knaresborough House on Friday, September 21 at 7.30pm when the achievements of all the gardeners will be recognised.
In past years, the In Bloom has attracted dozens of entries and these have included a wide range of entries.
The competition acts as a good opportunity for the town to prepare for the national In Bloom judging.
This year the Britain in Bloom judging takes place in August and Knaresborough is hoping to do well in the national competition.
Speaking earlier this year, Christine added: "We were delighted that Yorkshire in Bloom nominated Knaresborough for a place in the prestigious Britain in Bloom awards. This has come as a culmination of many years of work.
"Knaresborough has the ability to really deliver. We have a stunning setting, good business support and a supportive and hard working committee and I'm confident the judges will be impressed when they come to Knaresborough. Much of the town has been coloured red, white and blue for the Queen's Jubilee, and that combined with feva pink for our feva festival will produce a dazzling display. Our committee has worked hard on the route for the judging, and we want to encourage everyone to get on board."