New Halifax group hope TLC will bring home bloom gold

Halifax In Bloom. Peter Oddy, Steve Mellard, Tony Comway and Emma Housman at the Halifax In Bloom judging at Shibden Hall.
Halifax In Bloom. Peter Oddy, Steve Mellard, Tony Comway and Emma Housman at the Halifax In Bloom judging at Shibden Hall.
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A new group has formed to breathe new life into Halifax’s chances of scooping a prestigious prize.

The first meeting of Halifax in Bloom, which will drive the town’s bid for gold in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition, was held a meeting at the Hairy Lemon bar in Halifax.

In total 11 people attended, with six making apologies for absence.

Led by chairman Peter Oddy, the group will take over Halifax’s ‘in bloom’ entry from Marketing Halifax, the previous organisers.

Judges visited Halifax and completed the spring assessment two weeks ago, with the resulting report praising the town centre as being “a pleasure to visit.”

Mr Oddy said: “Spring judging is just as important as the summer, and we’re pleased with the judges’ comments.

“Hopefully it means we’re in for a good summer result.

“There are not many large towns that have a dedicated group as it’s normally run by the town council. Now we’ve just got to get funding and see what we can do.”

Mr Oddy, who has been involved with the in bloom competition for 10 years, said it’s important for the people to have a town they can take pride in, and which can attract tourists.

“There are good economic reasons to promote the in bloom campaign because a well presented town attracts people to it,” he said.

Halifax in Bloom members will hold their first planting event on June 2, to which volunteers are asked to bring gloves and suitable outdoor clothing.

Then on June 22, there will be an in bloom meeting to discuss the judging route, meeting the judges and arrange a clean up day for July 11.

The clean-up operation will begin at the Woolshops at 12am, and litter pickers will be provided. The judging will then take place in Halifax on July 12, with the results announced in September.

lWill Halifax in Bloom be able to move the town from a silver gilt to a gold award? Let us know by emailing yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk.