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Communities celebrate blooming success

Communities celebrate blooming success

Published at 5:18pm 8th September 2015. (Updated at 10:32am 11th September 2015)

It's been a blooming marvellous result for the region at the Yorkshire in Bloom awards, with Harrogate and Otley both taking the gold medals in their respective categories.  

Yorkshire in Bloom is part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign which has been running for over 50 years and its aim is to encourage communities of all sizes to make positive and lasting improvements to their local environment.

Groups have traditionally planted lots of colourful bedding plants and hanging baskets for the 'wow factor', and although this is still a very important part of the competition, it now goes much deeper.

Environmental issues play a major role and include recycling, composting, water harvesting, sustainable planting, litter, wildlife habitat and working in the community with schools and other groups. 

The winners have were announced at an awards ceremony at York Racecourse.

Harrogate topped the rankings in the Small City category and Otley won Gold in the Town category for the second year in a row.

The following groups in the Harrogate District were also recognised:

  • Knaresborough House: Gold in the Public and Private Charitable Establishments category
  • Knaresborough Castle: Gold and Category Winner in the Visitor Attraction category
  • Aspin Pond, Knaresborough: Gold in the Open Spaces category
  • Starbeck in Bloom: Gold in the Urban Communities category
  • Kirkby Malzeard in Bloom: Gold and Category Winner in the Village category
  • Brighter Boroughbridge & District: 'Thriving' - the second highest accolade in the It's Your Neighbourhood category
  • Millennium Green, Spofforth: Platinum in the Open Spaces category
  • Ginny Greenholes, Spofforth: Platinum in the Open Spaces category
  • Ripon Workhouse Garden: 'Outstanding' - the highest accolade in the It's Your Neighbourhood category
  • Woodlands Community Gardens, Harrogate: 'Outstanding' - the highest accolade in the It's Your Neighbourhood category and a judges' discretionary Community Champion Award
  • Horticap, Harrogate: Silver Gilt in the Public and Private Charitable Establishments category
  • Ripon Racecourse: Gold in the Visitor Attraction category
  • Moorside Infants' School, Ripon: Gold in the Children's School category
  • Nidd Hall, Knaresborough: Gold and Category Winner in the Hotel category and also the judges' discretionary Wildlife Award
  • Rudding Park Hotel: Gold in the Hotel category

Councillor Michael Harrison, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, is delighted with the district's success. 

He said: "Harrogate's floral reputation is second to none and the town and surrounding areas rely heavily on it as a tourist attraction, so these accolades are very important - and very welcome.

"As well as highlighting the best floral displays across the county, Yorkshire in Bloom recognises the hard work and dedication of the volunteers, businesses, schoolchildren, community groups and other organisations that goes into creating such eye-catching designs and displays.

"I would also like to thank the council's parks and street cleansing teams, and their office support staff, all of whom have contributed to making this year's awards ceremony yet another successful one for the district.

"Their efforts really bring the villages and towns in the district to life and add a wonderful splash of colour to delight residents and visitors alike."