Three category winners for Yorkshire in Bloom

The Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park, seen here being judged earlier this year, won a Silver Gilt
The Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park, seen here being judged earlier this year, won a Silver Gilt

The results of this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition have been announced - and Calderdale has three category winners.

There will be celebrations in Mill Bank, which won small village category, Luddenden, which won the village category, and Halifax, which won the large town category.

Mill Bank and Luddenden both won Gold, while Halifax won the category with a Silver Gilt.

The Friends of Sowerby Bridge railway station also won Gold - but were just pipped as winners of the large business premises category by Betty’s of Harrogate and Optident of Ilkley, who shared the crown.

Other Calderdale entries were also recognised with Calderdale Royal Hospital and St Patrick’s RC Church each winning a Silver Gilt in the private, public and charitable establishments category.

The Woolshops Shopping Centre (retail) and Manor Heath Nursery and Jungle Experience (visitor attractions) were awarded a Silver Gilts, while Ripponden (large village), Sowerby Bridge (urban community), Elland (urban community) and Todmorden (town) all won Silver in their respective categories.

The White Horse in Sowerby Bridge won a Silver Gilt in the pubs and restaurants category while another Sowerby Bridge pub, the Moorings, won bronze.

There was also success in the school’s category, particularly in Brighouse, with Gold for both Carr Green Primary School and St John’s School, while Ravenscliffe High School Community Garden also got Gold.

Other schools which impressed the judges were Old Earth in Elland (Silver Gilt), St Joseph’s in Brighouse (Silver), Christ Church Primary in Sowerby Bridge (bronze) and St Chad’s in Brighouse (bronze).

Calderdale also had a large number of entries in the neighbourhoods category.

Dec the Rec Community Organisation in Sowerby Bridge (outstanding), Old Mill Grove Gardening Club (outstanding), Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park (thriving), Barkisland in Bloom (thriving), Mytholmroyd Station Partnership (thriving), Rishworth Environmental Group (thriving), Slippy Lane Community Allotments (thriving) Sunny Bank Tenants Association in Brighouse (thriving), Wildflower Garden Crow Nest Park in Hove Edge (thriving), Woodside Flats in Boothtown (thriving) and the Sowerby Bridge Canal Basin (developing) were all assessed by judges during visits earlier this summer.

This year saw 270 entrants, up from 261 in 2011, taking part in this environmental, horticultural and community ‘in Bloom’ campaign, which is the regional part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign.

The results were announced at an awards ceremony at York Racecourse earlier this afternoon.

For reaction to the results see Friday’s Courier.