Bloomin’ marvellous gardeners celebrated at Harrogate In Bloom awards

The Mayor of Harrogate Coun. Anne Jones joined  winners and guests at this year's Harrogate in Bloom event
The Mayor of Harrogate Coun. Anne Jones joined winners and guests at this year's Harrogate in Bloom event

Brilliant blooms and glorious gardens were celebrated at Harrogate in Bloom’s annual awards.

One hundred gardeners, environmentalists and community stalwarts joined Harrogate Mayor, Councillor Anne Jones and local MP Andrew Jones, for the awards afternoon in the sumptuous surroundings of the Garden Room of the Old Swan Hotel.

Throughout the year Harrogate in Bloom organise a number of competitions to recognise endeavour and to encourage more people to garden, care for the environment or support a local community’s activities.

Pam Grant, President of Harrogate in Bloom, says this year was extra special.

She said: “We wanted to pull out all the stops because Harrogate is one of just seven towns in the country to be chosen to enter the elite category of Champion of Champions in the 2017 RHS Britain in Bloom awards. Harrogate certainly rose to the challenge.

“We were judged on 1 August and it was fantastic to be able to show the judges the popularity of our competitions.

“As part of the judging criteria we have to demonstrate how the community gets involved and how we encourage that across all age groups and sectors.

“Last year our children’s colouring and design a garden competition had 600 entries.

“This year we had over 800 which was brilliant. Our Residential Homes competition is also very well supported and this year we held a Flower Festival at St Peter’s Church which also included those entries.

“The theme was ‘Sing it with Flowers’ and there were some very imaginative displays.

“I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part this year. Harrogate in Bloom is also grateful to our award afternoon sponsors Transdev and the Old Swan Hotel.”

The RHS Britain in Bloom results will be announced on 27 October in Llandudno.

Harrogate in Bloom 2017 award winners:

Betty’s Trophy - Residential Community; Swan Court

Crowther Memorial Trophy - Care Homes; St Andrew’s Police Treatment Centre

Harlow Carr Boarding Kennels Trophy - Commercial and Retail Properties; Victoria Shopping Centre

Harrogate Chamber of Trade Trophy - Communal Grounds; Low Harrogate Bowling Club

Harrogate Civic Society Cup - My Garden; Bernie and Maureen Poulter

Harrogate Borough Council Yorkshire Rose Shield - Pubs and Restaurants; Wetherspoons Winter Garden

Hotels and Guesthouse Association Trophy - Hotels and Guesthouses; Grafton Boutique B&B

Young at Heart Trophy - Residential Homes; Heath Lodge

Stanley Hines Memorial Trophy - Residential Homes (Dementia); Apley Grange

Edgar Scholey Trophy - Best Allotments’ Site; North Outfall

Harrogate Borough Council Trophy - Best Allotment Plot; Fiona Walker, North Outfall

Harrogate in Bloom - President’s Trophy; Rossett School

Christine Dean Cup; Brackenfield School

Hammond Mann Trophy; Springboard - Harrogate Homeless Project

Harrogate in Bloom Henson Tankard; Christine Catterall and David Gelder

Harrogate in Bloom Shield; Woodlands Church Community Garden

McCrindle Trophy - People’s Choice Residential Homes; Hampden House

Mayor’s Award; Lynne Mee