Yorkshire in Bloom silver for Pontefract

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Pontefract has bagged a top accolade in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards, thanks to a group of green-fingered volunteers.

The town has won the Silver Rose award for its floral achievements in the competition’s large town category.

Pontefract was also given a Silver Gilt award for horticultural achievement and two other silver awards in separate sections of the competition.

Yorkshire in Bloom judges praised the “attractive” lavender and herb garden in Pontefract Castle grounds, 75 new hanging baskets in the town and the new planting at the side of the bus station cafe, on Trinity Street.

Brian Chappell, co-ordinator for Pontefract Business Forum, which organised the project in the town, said: “We are all very pleased, especially with the bus station comments.”

The town’s floral arrangements for the competition were completed by volunteers from Pontefract Lionesses, bus station staff, Friends of Pontefract Castle and ten children from a gardedning club at Pontefract Larks Hill Primary School,

Mr Chapell added: “It was a big group effort and we hope to be even stronger next year and go for gold.”