Leeds claims top honours in Yorkshire in Bloom awards

Caption: (L-R)-Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, Cllr Mark Dobson, Richard Gill (Leeds City Council's Floral Initiative officer), the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Thomas Murray, and Bob Bradley (Leeds City Council's parks and countryside team.)

The city of Leeds has earned two prestigious prizes in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

Announced at a ceremony in York this week, 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.

It was also a night of success for local ‘in bloom groups’, as Shadwell and Kippax were named as category winners in their respective classes, while Woodlesford, Calverley, Scholes and Rothwell also claimed gold awards.

Pudsey, Ledston, Great & Little Preston, Micklefield, Bramham, Allerton Bywater, Beeston, Holbeck, Bramhope, Horsforth and Otley also picked up a Silver Gilt medal, while Swillington received a Silver.

These awards follows a visit which was made by the Yorkshire in Bloom judges to Leeds earlier in the year where they visited a number green spaces, squares and gardens in both the city centre and outer area communities.

Next up is the Britain in Bloom awards this October, with groups from both Barwick and Garforth vying for honours.

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

"It really is fantastic news that we were able to earn both the Large City and Chairman’s prizes at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

"This really is a great achievement, which was again capped by the success of our local ‘in bloom’ groups, who year in, year out do such a great job in making communities right across the city look so great.

"These types of awards do not just happen by accident, but by the dedication of so many people. I would personally like to thank our community groups, ‘in bloom’ groups, friends of groups and the council’s parks and countryside team for their continued hard work and commitment."

Notes to editors:

Shadwell in Bloom were named the winners in the Large Village category.

Kippax in Bloom were named the winners in the Urban Community category.

For more information on the respective categories and awards, please see: http://www.yorkshireinbloom.co.uk/page83/Results-For-2013-And-Previous-Years for more details.

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk