Eyes on the prize as Leeds in Bloom photo competition opens

Caption: Winning images which appear in the 2013 Leeds in Bloom calendar include (from top) 'Spring Daffodils' by Sarah Webster, 'Summer Flowers' by Andrew Craddy and 'Winter Colour' by John Harkness

Budding photographers in Leeds are being encouraged to focus their lenses on their local park as part of a competition to celebrate nature and wildlife in the city.

Entries for the annual Leeds in Bloom calendar competition are now open, with people of all ages invited to take a photo of a park or green space in the city for the chance to be chosen as one of the 12 winning images which will make up the official 2014 calendar.

Aside from seeing their image in print, the winners will also receive prizemoney of £100 from parcel delivery service Hermes, sponsor of Leeds in Bloom. New for this year’s competition is a separate category for those aged 16 and under, with the winners and their schools each receiving horticulture vouchers from sponsors Evans Property Group.

Entries for the competition are now being accepted by email to richard.gill@leeds.gov.uk or through the post on a disk to Richard Gill, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds, LS12 5HA. The deadline for entries is Friday 27 September 2013.

The calendar competition is just one of the range of annual Leeds in Bloom competitions promoting horticultural excellence which is run by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside service and Leeds Floral Initiative.

The Business in Bloom competition is already underway, with companies, schools and community groups taking part by displaying hanging baskets and colourful window boxes to complement the council’s floral displays. Spring judging takes later this month, with summer judging to follow in July.

The residential gardens competition continues to grow in popularity each year, with any resident of Leeds able to take part in one of three categories: Large Garden, Small Garden and Floral Plant Container. Judging takes place in July with gold, silver and bronze awards on offer.

Taking the challenge beyond the city limits, Leeds will also be strongly represented at regional and national level this year, with more than 20 community groups taking part in Yorkshire in Bloom and Britain in Bloom.

Judging for Yorkshire in Bloom takes place in July, while groups from Barwick and Garforth will be taking on the best in country as they compete in the national RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

The city of Leeds will also be competing in Britain in Bloom, hoping to go one better than last year’s silver medal and with the ultimate aim of winning the coveted best large city in the UK crown for the first time ever. The city will be judged in August with the result announced in October.

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:

“Leeds in Bloom is a fantastic initiative which everyone in Leeds can play their part in, from schools to homeowners, community groups, businesses and photographers for the calendar competition. It really does bring people together and helps to make Leeds look fantastic, especially during the summer months.

“As a council we are very proud to work with the Leeds Floral Initiative and sponsors Hermes and Evans Property Group to manage Leeds in Bloom, and we look forward to seeing more great entries this year and hopefully our best-ever results at Britain in Bloom.”

For more information on Leeds in Bloom, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/inbloom


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