Bloomin’ ‘eck it’s Gold for Beeston and Middleton Railway

The results are in from this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards showing that both Middleton Railway and Beeston in Bloom have won Gold, with Beeston also winning joint best in category.

Beeston was competing in the Urban Community and won jointly with Starbeck (near Harrogate). In their comments the Judges said:

“We were impressed by the use of plant containers, new seating which were complemented by the repainted floral telephone relay boxes at Sunny View Gardens in a very busy shopping and dense housing area.”

Beeston in Bloom’s Chair, Hon Ald Angela Gabriel BEM said:

“We are absolutely thrilled not only to have won Gold, but also to be joint winners in our category.

“It is a testament to the power of teamwork and I would like to thank the whole team, not only our Beeston in Bloomers, but also our partners in the Parks department, environmental services, Beeston Womblers and the teams of staff who have come and helped us over the year from companies including DePuy Synthes, Virgin and O2.”

Middleton Railway were equally delighted with their Gold award in the Tourist attractions sections. Judges commented that:

“The station platform had numerous floral containers in full colour and complimented the hanging baskets from the Platform seating shelter. It was good to see water butts catching the water from the roof of the shelter to water the platform containers.

“Bird boxes and hedgehog shelters had been added to buildings and natural areas alongside the Track to encourage wildlife.”

Mick Jackson with Middleton Railway’s plaque, which will be displayed in the Engine House

The Railway’s Vice President Ian Smith said:

“Middleton Railway is delighted to have won a Gold award for the fourth year running. This is a great reward for the dedication of Gardener Mick Jackson and his team, who have worked so hard to produce the wonderful display we have this year. We look forward to entering the 2024 competition and hope to continue our Gold performance.”

In the large business section White Rose Shopping Centre won a Silver Gilt award.


Main photo: John Tate and Peter Vickers from Beeston In Bloom at the awards ceremony in Tadcaster


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