Awards haul shows that our valley is blooming beautiful

Calderdale In Bloom. Memorial Garden at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.
Calderdale In Bloom. Memorial Garden at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.
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Volunteer and community groups have been praised as Calderdale celebrates an impressive set of results in the Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

The upper Calder Valley was well represented in this year’s awards, with a number of groups picking up accolades.

Mytholmroyd Station in bloom. Richard Greenwood from Mytholmroyd Staition Partnership tends the flower tubs.

Mytholmroyd Station in bloom. Richard Greenwood from Mytholmroyd Staition Partnership tends the flower tubs.

In Todmorden, the Memorial Garden in Centre Vale Park was given a gold award.

“We enjoyed our visit to the Memorial Garden very much,” the judges said. “We were impressed by the high level of care which is clearly devoted to it and to hear that the park has a thriving friends group. This will clearly be of great benefit.”

Todmorden itself was given the silver gilt in the town category and judges said they were impressed with the difference the Bloom group is making.

They said: “We were impressed at the year round involvement of the group in town activities. We were pleased to learn how groups are working together for the benefit of the community.

“The group is clearly enjoying widespread support from the people of Todmorden and rightly so.”

Another success story of this year’s awards was the Incredible Edible Todmorden Community Team, which was classed as outstanding in the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category.

And the extensive work carried out at Mytholmroyd Station also achieved the outstanding classification. Judges praised the group’s “inspirational” enthusiasm.

They said: “The group show a great love of the station where they work.”