Town’s silver In Bloom accolade

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Pontefract’s fabulous flowers and perfect planters have won an award at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom ceremony .

Pontefract in Bloom picked up a silver award in the large town category after the judges commended the ‘magnificent grounds’ of the Prince of Wales Hospice, as well as the Lioness Club for the two large planted horse troughs, the Valley Gardens’ Rose Garden and herbaceous border, and Larks Hill School gardening club.

This year’s 41 hanging baskets and 11 planters were funded by 46 sponsors - almost double last year’s figure - along with grants from Wakefield Council’s Neighbourhood Improvement Fund, WDH and Pontefract North Ward councillors’ Local Capital Fund.

A new floral sculpture was also unveiled in memory of the scheme’s late founder Brian Chappell. The memorial, by local artist Stephen Williamson, encloses a planter to represent the aims of Pontefract in Bloom.

Committee chairman Colin White said: “Pontefract in Bloom is almost entirely funded from sponsorship by local businesses and individual citizens, and without this there would be few flowers in Pontefract Town Centre, so thank you to all our sponsors.

“Pontefract in Bloom is now planning for 2018 and we hope that all our current sponsors will continue their support and that we can encourage more sponsorship to further improve our town with flowers.”

Kippax picked up a gold award and was named overall category winner in the urban communities section while Ledston earned a silver in the small village category. Yorkshire in Bloom also awarded silver gilt to King’s Croft Hotel and gold to Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel in the hotel category.