We’re blooming beautiful

Yorkshire in Bloom catagory winner Mill Bank. At St Mary's School, Mill Bank, Chair of the Mill Bank Group Peter Walker, left and headteacher Matthew Hopkins, with, from the left, Imogen Haigh, seven, Theo Burnett, seven, Bethan Stanford, seven, Eli Murray, seven, Theo Good, seven, Noah Friessner-Day, seven, Eliza Stoyles, seven, and Claudia Mackrill, eight.
Yorkshire in Bloom catagory winner Mill Bank. At St Mary's School, Mill Bank, Chair of the Mill Bank Group Peter Walker, left and headteacher Matthew Hopkins, with, from the left, Imogen Haigh, seven, Theo Burnett, seven, Bethan Stanford, seven, Eli Murray, seven, Theo Good, seven, Noah Friessner-Day, seven, Eliza Stoyles, seven, and Claudia Mackrill, eight.

Calderdale is blooming beautiful thanks to the tireless work of volunteer groups, businesses and schools across the borough.

Scores of groups were recognised in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition and many were given top accolades by judges.

Mill Bank has lots to shout about after scooping a Gold award for the sixth time and being named the winner of the Small Village category for the fifth consecutive year.

Judges praised the dedicated work of the Mill Bank Group and said: “Once again it was lovely to see how committed the group are to working for the village.

“Considering the unusually cold early summer period, it was pleasing to see the community’s planting efforts looking impressive. The village looked ever more charming and a desirable place to live than it did in the spring.”

And there was cause for celebration in Halifax, which received the Silver Gilt award in the Small City category. Todmorden also got Silver Gilt in the Town category

The beautiful gardens at Overgate Hospice, Elland, were given the Gold award in the Public, Private and Charitable establishments category.

The judges said: “It was lovely to visit the tranquil gardens of the hospice with their beautiful views. It was obvious what a pride was taken in them and Phil Allworthy, the head gardener, deserves much credit for this, together with two loyal volunteers.

“Patients and visitors alike are fortunate to be able to experience the peace and beauty of the grounds.”

Yorkshire in Bloom also award Community Champions each year to individuals who have contributed to their community.

This year’s award was given to Michael Anderson from Old Earth School in Elland for his hard work and dedication over the past 11 years in introducing and developing the gardens at the school.

In 2012 his mum, Brenda Anderson was also given a Community Champion award for her work with Ripon in Bloom.

This is the first time a mother and son have been honoured with the award.