Leeds in contention for top Britain in Bloom prize

Caption: The Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr David Congreve, Britain in Bloom judges Kim Parish and Sue Wood, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa gardener Keith Boyes and Cllr Mark Dobson.

The fantastic efforts of green fingered residents across the city have been recognised by Leeds being shortlisted for a prestigious environmental prize.

Se to be held on October 16 in Bristol, Leeds will battle it out with Sunderland and the London borough of Hillingdon in the ‘Large City’ category of the Britain in Bloom awards, which through a range of categories, recognises those communities, villages, towns and cities across the UK that have transformed green spaces in their area. Also flying the flag with great pride for Leeds this year is Kippax in Bloom, who feature in the Urban Communities category.

In 2012, Leeds secured a gold award in the Large City category but was pipped to the post by this year’s contender Sunderland, while last year, Barwick in Elmet secured a gold award in the ‘Large Village’ group and Garforth, making their first appearance ever at Britain in Bloom, earned a Silver Gilt in the ‘Town’ category. Former Leeds City Council Director of Parks John Tinker was also recognised for his fantastic contribution to the Barwick in Bloom group by a Community Champion.

Leeds has a thriving in bloom network with over 50 groups in communities across the city that contributes to over 1300 floral displays. Last 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 cleaner, safer and stronger communities said:

"It is really brilliant news that the hard work of our in bloom groups, council staff and partner organisations has been recognised by Leeds being shortlisted in the Britain in Bloom awards Large City category.

"Also featuring in the awards is Kippax in Bloom who are included in the Urban Communities category, and we certainly wish them also the very best of luck.

"The passion and dedication of our in bloom groups continues to astounds me, and I would thank every single person for their continued efforts and commitment which are simply superb."

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