Scarborough area celebrates bloom success

Yorkshire in Bloom judges Melvyn Rice, left, and Saskia Peet, from Sheffield, get a warm welcome to the Old Town as they visit Len Stringer's, centre, garden area on Longwestgate.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  112762c

Yorkshire in Bloom judges Melvyn Rice, left, and Saskia Peet, from Sheffield, get a warm welcome to the Old Town as they visit Len Stringer's, centre, garden area on Longwestgate. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112762c

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THERE was a bumper crop of prizes for the Scarborough area at last night’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards ceremony in Harrogate.

The regional in bloom awards are part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign with around 25 entrants from this area including bloom groups, schools and communities.

Yorkshire in Bloom judges Melvyn Rice and Saskia Peet(centre), from Sheffield, get a warm welcome to the Old Town, as they visit Len Stringer's (seated right) garden area on Longwestgate.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  112762a    08/07/11

Yorkshire in Bloom judges Melvyn Rice and Saskia Peet(centre), from Sheffield, get a warm welcome to the Old Town, as they visit Len Stringer's (seated right) garden area on Longwestgate. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112762a 08/07/11

Scarborough scooped the large coastal resort award while Filey was named as the best small coastal resort.

And the Scarborough in Bloom group, which received Gold in last year’s Britain in Bloom competition, kept its impressive record with another Gold award, as did Hunmanby in Bloom.

Cllr David Jeffels, the chairman of Scarborough in Bloom and Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for tourism and culture, said: “These are outstanding results for our borough. They acknowledge the tremendous amount of hard work and the many hundreds of hours put in by the friends groups in our towns and villages.

“These successes underline yet again the quality of our environment and the businesses and people who support the council’s aspirations to keep the borough of Scarborough at the top of the British resorts league table.

“The outstanding floral displays and the excellent on-going clean-ups which have been carried out by the dedicated teams of volunteers have been fantastic and on behalf of Scarborough Council I do thank them all most sincerely for their kind support which has paid such excellent dividends.”

Roger Burnett – the chairman of the National RHS Britain in Bloom Judging Panel, executive member of Yorkshire in Bloom and Scarborough Council’s community environment manager – said: “2011 has been a very challenging year for in bloom groups up and down the country. The current economic climate, together with an extremely hard winter, followed by an incredibly dry spring, has meant many groups have had to re-think the work they do.

“However, the Yorkshire region has proved itself more than capable of rising to these challenges and we have seen some very beautiful displays with a greater emphasis on sustainable planting.”

Yorkshire in Bloom will now approach entrants who have done well to see if they are prepared to represent Yorkshire in the national finals in 2012.