Blooming good result for Pontefract

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Green-fingered gardeners are celebrating after Pontefract picked up a silver award for large town in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

Judges praised the displays at Ancient Borough Arms and the hanging baskets at the Vaults pub.

There was also a special mention for the redevelopment of the rose garden at Friarwood Valley Gardens, as well as recognition for Larks Hill School pupils who joined in the event.

The project was funded by Wakefield and District Housing and supported by businesses and organisations, who helped spruce up the town’s hanging baskets, floral displays and outdoor spaces.

Brian Chappell, co-ordinator for Yorkshire Flowers (Pontefract), said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised once again for the town’s great efforts and hard work in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

“This project would not have been possible without funding and support from Wakefield and District Housing and all our partners, who have given so generously.”

The Yorkshire in Bloom annual awards ceremony took place on September 8.

Great and Little Preston took the silver gilt award for large village while Allerton Bywater took the silver gilt award and Kippax got gold, both in the urban community category.

Yorkshire in Bloom is a voluntary regional charity in charge of the Britain in Bloom Campaign across the region.

The five best winners will now go through to the national finals.

Last year, Kippax went through to the Britain in Bloom competition after again winning the silver gilt award in the contest’s urban communities category.