Silver lining as bloom bid ends in triumph

KNARESBOROUGH has won the Best Summer Floral Display award in this year's Yorkshire In Bloom Awards.
The town received a Silver Gilt, an improvement on last year’s Gilt award.

Individual awards also went to both Knaresborough Castle and Knaresborough House which both received Gold awards in the Visitor Attraction category.

The Knaresborough In Bloom committee are delighted with the results.

Committee member, Andrew Willoughby said: “These are excellent results, all better than last year, so we are really pleased.

“It is a credit to the Knaresborough in Bloom team and to the Harrogate Borough Council gardeners who look after Knaresborough so well.”

The Yorkshire In Bloom judges comments said: “The display in the Council chamber at the start of the tour set the scene for a very interesting and informative tour.

“Many aspects of the criteria were amply covered and some superb examples of floral features and the involvement of at least two schools showed that numerous sections of the community were working to improve the environment of this attractive town. “

Meanwhile, Harrogate won the coveted Yorkshire in Bloom Large Town Category for the 26th time.

Harrogate adds this to a string of other floral excellence awards, including eight times winner of Britain in Bloom and the only town in Europe ever to have won Entente Florale twice!

Coun Pat Jones, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said: “It doesn’t matter how many times you win something in this competition, it still gives you a big buzz.

“Over 100 communities, cities, towns and villages, participated in the 2007 Yorkshire in Bloom campaign, an increase of about 13 per cent over last year and the highest number for a decade. And more than 200 other groups have taken part in other special categories.”

Pat Jones also offered congratulations to Starbeck in Bloom who have taken the Urban Community Category with a gold medal and will now go through to the Britain in Bloom finals later this year and to Springwater School who received a gold medal.

Knaresborough Post. 06 September 2007