Silver Gilt Halifax digs for gold

Yorkshire in Bloom judges Gemma Kelmanson and Jack Mears, with Calderdale Council's Pete Oddy and Phil Johnson, at Manor Heath, Halifax.
Yorkshire in Bloom judges Gemma Kelmanson and Jack Mears, with Calderdale Council's Pete Oddy and Phil Johnson, at Manor Heath, Halifax.
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Halifax is buddy beautiful as the town blooms in a bid to win the county horticultural competition: Yorkshire in Bloom.

Calderdale Royal, Manor Heath and Woolshops, Halifax, planted annual bedding and perennial seeds within their grounds to create an aesthetically pleasing environment.

Yorkshire in Bloom at Manor Heath, Halifax.

Yorkshire in Bloom at Manor Heath, Halifax.

Halifax already holds Silver Gilt - most recently awarded by YIB judges, in 2012.

Judges returned to Halifax July 17 and judgments will be announced in September.

Halifax in Bloom chairman Peter Oddy said: “I’ve been taking judges around for the last 11 years - this year seemed to be the most relaxed of all.

“For the last five-years, Halifax has held Silver Gilt which is absolutely superb - but we aspire for gold.”

Halifax Rotary mucked in to get the floral showcase finished on time. McDonald’s Restaurants donated herbs and edible produce which is available for the public to pick from outside the Town Hall. The project involved 300 hanging baskets and planters adorning the three sites.

“Unfortunately, all of us, at some point, have to visit the Royal and making the grounds pretty with flowers will improve the wellbeing of patients and visitors,” said Mr Oddy.