Weeding out the problems wins high praise from In Bloom judges

Yorkshire in Bloom judges Roger Brownbridge and Les Hutchinson with representatives from local organisations and Mayor Richard Hall in Knaresborough House.

There was a warm welcome for the judges from Yorkshire in Bloom when they visited Knaresborough in mid-July for the summer judging.

Starting at Knaresborough House, the judges were taken on a whistle stop tour of the town’s beauty spots before returning to Knaresborough House for a buffet lunch.

Chair of Knaresborough in Bloom Christine Willoughby said, “The whole tour went very well and the judges really enjoyed seeing the town at it’s best. The judges were especially impressed that the town looked so clean, they mentioned that they hadn’t seen any litter anywhere.”

Highlights of the tour included the new viewing area on Waterside, Viaduct Terrace and the new planting at High Bridge Gardens.

Concerns had been raised over the lack of street weeding due to the new arrangements with North Yorkshire County Council. Christine explained, “The town’s streets were very weedy, so a very dedicated group of In Bloom volunteers weeded the town in advance of the judging. I am very grateful for this incredible effort made by a small group of volunteers to improve the appearance of the town and I’m sure it will have made a difference to the eventual result”.