Town Prepares for In Bloom contest.

By Maggie Gell

SPRING is in the air which means Knaresborough is about to launch "into Bloom"! With the warmer weather approaching, the Knaresborough In Bloom committee is calling , on everyone to get planting with high hopes for success in this year's competition. Looking ahead to a busy season, the In Bloom committee is beginning its preparations, with the High Street soon to show the results of the team's labour and new planters shortly to be placed in strategic positions around the town. Anyone who would like to get involved, in any capacity, is invited to contact Christine Willoughby, or any committee member for information. "We always need volunteers to help with practical work," explained Christine. "But it is good fun and I hope that people will offer to help, many hands make light work! "Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 22 at 7.30pm at Knaresborough House and everyone is welcome. The spring judging of Knaresborough will take place on April 13, and it would be really useful if people start tidying up around the town now, clearing away any litter, last year's leaves etc." Harrogate Borough Council parks and gardens staff have been working hard in the town. They have already replanted a rose bed near Gracious Street traffic lights and tidied the shrubbery near the swimming Pool. Christine added: "We hope the town will look really smart when the judges see it."

Sue Wood from Harrogate Council's parks division said: "There are various projects being completed in the parks and open spaces in Knaresborough to improve the area for the residents and the visitors. "The main ones include Low Bridge Gardens, Conyngham Hall and the Castle Moat. Low Bridge Gardens is currently being relandscaped to improve the area. Works include re- contouring slopes using recycled compost removing dangerous steps and installing four new recycled benches. A barrier has been erected along the riverbank to increase water safety. Sue added: "Conyngham Hall is currently being improved with repairs being undertaken on the golf bunkers and we are putting a new fence around the putting green, installing two new recycled wood picnic benches, four new recycled wood benches and new litter bins." Games in parks will open tomorrow from 10am to include golf, crazy golf, putting and tennis. Works at the Castle Moat over winter have included coppicing of the bankings, a new path and replacing of old benches for recycled ones.

This summer in the castle grounds the long flower bed will be planted up with a picture of the viaduct designed by Bernice Lister from Castle Junior School who won a competition organised by Knaresborough in Bloom. The bed will be planted in late June with begonias, marigolds and ageratum.