Congratulations go to both the Beeston and Holbeck In Bloom groups who both secured ‘silver rose’ awards in the Yorkshire In Bloom horticultural campaign, which encourages communities to improve their environments.
Both communties received the same award in the ‘urban community’ category as the affluent and leafy village of Bramhope, on the outskirts of north Leeds.
On Beeston, judges commented:
“Beeston is a pleasant and friendly community that has clearly taken ‘In Bloom’ to its heart. The many good quality projects were of a high standard and publicised with Beeston’s own lovely bee logo.
We were made very welcome during our visit by the Beeston in Bloom group who demonstrated a real enthusiasm and commitment to their community.
“…Beeston has some strong and attractive floral features improved by a good choice of plants and a pleasant use of colour as a theme to link them together. The barrier baskets looked lovely. Clarksfield allotments are exceptional; the tenants clearly love their allotments and work hard to keep improving them.
“An impressive number of volunteers, partners and residents showcased their contributions including some exceptional private gardens and the lovely St Mary’s Church gardens.”
On Holbeck in Bloom, which had entered for the first time, judges said:
“Holbeck – like the phoenix from the ashes – is rising to the many challenges that it faces as an Urban Community.
“It has one of the highest levels of social deprivation in the country but the tremendous community spirit that we encountered shows a huge commitment to making sure that it is still a great place to live. We would like to commend Holbeck in Bloom and their many supporters and partners for their systematic, well organised and planned approach to improvement.
“The many areas of new planting, the lovely good quality floral tubs and the features on the bridge are making a real difference. We admire and commend your cheerful determination not to give in to petty theft and vandalism and that your tactics are working. “
Congratulations go to both Holbeck In Bloom and Beeston In Bloom groups!