City businesses hit the heights in Leeds in Bloom awards

Green fingered businesses and the fantastic gardens of residents living in Leeds were among those honoured as part of the city’s latest ‘in bloom’ awards.

Local businesses were recognised for their efforts in keeping their premises and surroundings looking so fantastic, while the best gardens of residents living in communities’ right across the city, along with schools, youth groups, churches, public houses, residential, hospices and care homes were also presented with prizes.

A record 175 entries in total were submitted as part of 10 categories. These included; Best Public House; Best Restaurant, Café; Best Hotel; Best Small Office/Business; Best Large Office/ Business; Best Small Retail Premises; Best Large Retail Premises; Best Retail Park; Best Residential Complex; Best School / Youth Group.

As part of the awards, groups were recognised with a range of spring and summer in-bloom medals ranging from gold, silver, bronze and highly commended.

Gold award winners in the community group summer section included St Gemma’s Hospice, St George’s Crypt at and the Vale Day Centre, while in the hotel section, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa and Four Gables hotel also scooped the same accolade.

In the school category, Rothwell Haigh Road infant school, St Anthony’s Catholic school and Pudsey Lowtown primary school also earned gold in the summer section, while in the small retail premises group, some of the city’s fish and chips’ restaurants came to the fore, as Hillycroft Fisheries, Park Fisheries, PJ’s fish & chip shop and The Regent fish & chip shop secured gold awards.

As part of the large office/business premises, six companies earned gold including the Bartlett Group and Turner & Townsend, while nine pubs were also awarded gold. Featuring on the gold list were The Bridge, The Junction and the Three Horse Shoes. The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray, was on hand to hand out the awards to all the winners in the business categories.

It was also a night to remember for residents living in 19 communities’ right across Leeds, as they were presented with ‘in bloom’ awards for the tremendous standard of their gardens by Councillor Jack Dunn and Alderman Frank Robinson.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

“We are extremely keen through our ‘in bloom’ awards to recognise those residents, groups and organisations that do such a great job in keeping our communities looking so great.

“This time it was the chance specifically to celebrate a range of groups including our green fingered businesses, churches, schools, care homes and residents who keep their gardens looking so great across the city, and once again the entries we received really were of the highest standard.

“We are extremely fortunate as a city to have thriving ‘in bloom’ network, and I look forward to seeing the wide-range of work that is being undertaken continuing to grow even further in the future.”

Notes to editors:

The full list of area winners in the Leeds in bloom garden competition are:

Dennis & Heather Court Rawdon

Mr Michael Galley Wortley

Mrs Lesley Dove Allerton Bywater

Carmela Stead Cottingley

Sylvia Bramma Bramley

Mr Ivan Harvey Gipton

Mrs Ann Hill Chapel Allerton

Mr & Mrs Carol and Michael Abbott Cookridge

Audrey and Michael Jeal Garforth

Mrs Brenda Clark Crossgates

Mr & Mrs B Radcliffe Meanwood

Mandy Cohen Hunslet

Carolynne and David McAteer Moortown

Mr Peter Hill Morley

Kit Hemsley Bramhope

Mrs Audrey Sylvester Farsley

Mrs Alice Robinson Woodlesford

Mrs Ann Irish Barwick in Elemet

Rona Rowsby Wetherby

For a full list of winners in the business in bloom competition, please contact Colin Dickinson at Leeds City Council communications.

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk