Yorkshire in Bloom judges visit Leeds

Judges from Yorkshire in Bloom have visited Leeds to cast their expert eyes over the tremendous green spaces, squares and gardens that reside in the city.

As part of the visit, the judges, who were greeted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Tom Murray, were treated to a tour of a number of well-known and popular locations both in the city centre, and in outer area communities.

Included in the city centre viewing, was a trip to see the floral features at Leeds General Infirmary and a small communal garden at St George’s Crypt, which managed by the users, provides the perfect place for reflection and peace.

The delightful and relaxing features of Merrion Street Gardens and St John Church were also taken in by the touring party, who also stopped to see the fantastic colour and spectacle of Victoria Quarter and experience the tranquil surroundings of Victoria Quays and Centenary Bridge.

Next for the judges was a trip to see the fantastic work undertaken in outer area communities and specifically by the In Bloom groups from Woodlesford, Garforth and Barwick. A drive through Scholes village was also undertaken, along with a visit to the designated Leeds Nature Area, Hawthorne Farm.

The day’s judging was wrapped up with a trip to Roundhay Park estate, home to a number of Chelsea Flower Show gardens, two of which were awarded gold medals in the large show garden category.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“We were delighted to welcome the judges from Yorkshire in Bloom and have the opportunity to showcase the tremendous hard work which is being undertaken across our city to provide high quality green spaces, squares and gardens.

“There was certainly a lot for the touring party to see, and hope they were as impressed as we were at what was on offer, which I personally thought was fantastic.

“None of the work undertaken across the city would be possible of course without the efforts of a range of people from the council’s parks and countryside service along with friends of groups, In Bloom groups and community groups. I would personally like to thank them all for their tremendous energy and dedication.”

Notes to editors:

The city centre route included; Civic Hall, Leeds General Infirmary, St George’s Crypt, Park Square, Dortmund Square, St Johns Shopping Centre Garden, Merrion Street Gardens, Headrow, Briggate, Victoria Quarter, Victoria Quays and Centenary Bridge.

Visited in the city wide route were; Woodlesford Sattion, The Maltings, Thorp Park, Old George Roundabout, Gaping Goose, Garforth, Barwick, Scholes, Whinmoor Cemetery, Hawthorne Farm and Roundhay Park

The Feed Leeds partnership aims to promote and support community food growing projects across the city.

Results from the inspections by the Yorkshire in Bloom judges across the region, will be revealed at an awards ceremony on the 17th of September at York Racecourse.

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk