Garforth and Barwick in Elmet shine at Britain in Bloom

It was a day of great pride for the communities of Garforth and Barwick in Elmet this month, as they flew the flag for Leeds at the 2013 Britain in Bloom awards.

In a fantastic performance, Barwick in Elmet secured a gold award but were pipped to the post in the ‘Large Village’ group, ’while Garforth, making their first appearance ever at Britain in Bloom, earned a Silver Gilt in the ‘Town’ category.

Held this year in Cleethorpes, the Britain in Bloom awards recognises across a range categories those communities, villages, towns and cities across the UK that have transformed green spaces in their area.

As part of the awards which are overseen and judged by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), residents’ who have gone the extra mile as part of their commitment to the Britain in Bloom cause were also recognised, and John Tinker, a former Leeds City Council Director of Parks, was honoured in the Community Champion category for his work with the Barwick in Bloom group.

Leeds has a thriving in bloom network with over 50 groups in communities across the city that contribute to over 1300 floral displays. Earlier this year, as part of Yorkshire in Bloom, Leeds was named as the winner of the ‘Large City’ category, and was also awarded The Yorkshire Rose Chairman’s award which recognises a community that has made outstanding efforts to promote all aspects of the different ‘in bloom’ campaigns.

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

"It was fantastic to see Leeds once again feature in the Britain in Bloom awards, and very well done to the groups from Garforth and Barwick in Elmet who performed so brilliantly.

"We would also like to pass on our congratulations to the council’s former director of Parks John Tinker for picking up a Community Champion award for his work with the Barwick in Elmet in bloom group, which is richly deserved.

"We are extremely fortunate as a city to have so many people with a real passion and dedication for their in bloom groups that play such a massive part in making our communities look so great. I would like to thank every single person, group and organisation, along with the council’s parks and countryside team for their commitment and hard work."

Notes to editors:

For more information on the respective categories and awards, please see: http://www.rhs.org.uk/gardening/community-gardening/britain-in-bloom

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk