'Blooming great' say town's residents

KNARESBOROUGH has come an impressive fifth in the summer judging of Yorkshire in Bloom.
It is the second time the town has entered the competition following an absence of three years since 2001. The In Bloom committee were delighted with the placing in the small town category which saw Wetherby emerge first and Ripon second out of 11 entrants.

Chairman of Knaresborough in Bloom, Christine Willoughby said: “Fifth is excellent. We are delighted with these results and are particularly pleased that the judges have recognised the hard work of Knaresborough in Bloom.

We want to thank everyone in the town for the hard work that they have put in to bring about this excellent result."

Scoring a commendable 170 marks, the judges praised the efforts of the Knaresborough in Bloom committee and their helpers.

In the summary, they said: “Throughout the town and district area, much evidence of well-positioned seasonal features all add to the ambience of this delightful town. Private housing was to a high standard with many good displays. Businesses, park areas and a local caravan park were well presented each adding to good structure planting for the district.

“The castle grounds along with the school bedding display competition provide a delightful backdrop to the castle and river view.

“The newly reformed Knaresborough in Bloom are doing a good job and their commitment was very evident. We hope they will be able to encourage more volunteers and involve additional town centre business.”

The Mayor of Knaresborough, Coun Robert Aspin attended a ceremony in Sheffield on Tuesday to hear the results announced and to collect a Certificate of Merit for the town.

“I’m tremendously impressed with the work carried out by the people concerned,” he said. “The results fully reflect the amount of effort that’s gone on this year. I hope we can carry on and maintain this level of effort. We should do considerably better next year and hopefully make the top three.”

Across the district in the summer judging, Harrogate took gold in the large town category; there was a first place for Starbeck in the urban community category and a first and second in the village category for Darley and Hampsthwaite. Starbeck also received the Most Improved award.

Both Harrogate and Starbeck have been nominated to represent Yorkshire in their categories in the Britain in Bloom competition 2006.

16 September 2005