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Harrogate in Bloom Competitions

Throughout the year we run a number of competitions to recognise endeavour and to encourage more involvement. 

Children's design a flower bed competition

The first competition of the year is always for children. The theme of our 2024 competition is 'Peace' - something we all want for every generation.

Children between the ages of seven and eleven years are challenged to design a flower bed on this theme, which will be planted in 2025, on the circular bed near the main entrance of the Valley Gardens.

An information pack will be delivered to each school which expresses an interest in entering. We look forward to seeing some beautiful designs. The deadline for entries is 14th June 2024.

The Children’s Art Competition 2022 was to design a bed depicting ‘Happy Harrogate’ as Harrogate is deemed to be one of the happiest place to live in the UK! Schools taking part were Brackenfield, St Peter’s C of E School, Richard Taylor C of E School and  Oatlands Junior School. It was decided to amalgamate the better entries and the winners were George Barrat and Ava Ulyett from Brackenfield and Charlotte Collyer, Sophie Bolton and Noah from Oatlands Junior School. The design was planted in the Valley Gardens in 2023.


"Happy Harrogate" design

planted in Valley Gardens in 2023.

Harrogate in Bloom Awards 2023

Harrogate in Bloom values the contribution made by all floral

features in the town.

The 2023 categories were:

  • Hotels and Guest Houses

  • Pubs and Restaurants

  • Communal grounds

  • Residential Community

Points were awarded for:

  • First Impression/ overall design                                      

  • Planting appropriate in colour/scale with summer interest          

  • Containers appropriate size and style                             

  • Paving, paths, fabric well maintained/ signage in good order        

  • Plants in good condition/disease free/dead headed                    

  • Noticeable environmental features and/or residents involvement 


Judging took place in 2nd/ 3rd week July. The results were announced at the “Harrogate in Bloom” Awards evening on Thursday 21st September 2023 at the West Park Hotel, Harrogate.

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2023 Competition winners

School Gardens Award            

Shop Window Competition      

Hotels & Guesthouses             

Communal Grounds                 

Pubs and Restaurants             

Residential Communities        

Best Allotment site                  

Discretionary Award                

Best Allotment Plot                

Discretionary   Award             

Discretionary Award                    

Hammond Mann Trophy                     

McCrindle Trophy                             

Crowther Trophy                               

Harrogate in Bloom Shield                 

Parks Dept. Rose Shield                   

Bettys Teapot                                   

Edgar Scholey Shield                       

Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce Trophy  Harrogate Borough Council Trophy                        President’s Award                                                Mayor’s Trophy                                                    

Richard Taylor School

Helen James 

The White Hart Hotel

Royal House, Laxford Ltd

The Winter Gardens

Swan Court

Pine Street Allotments

Open Country

Peter Walker

Refuse Collection Team   

Carolyn Rothwell

School Gardens Award - New for 2023

Harrogate in Bloom’s Schools Garden Award was for all schools - both Primary/Junior Schools and Secondary/Senior Schools.

The trophy is for the best School Garden.

The judges were looking for:
      •    A good first impression 
      •    Are you making a difference to your school environment?
      •    Do you work hard to keep it looking beautiful for everyone visiting your school to enjoy?
      •    Does your garden encourage wildlife?
      •    Are the pupils directly involved in creating and maintaining the garden?


As with all our competitions, all entries were judged against the standards set by the RHS and be awarded a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Certificate of Merit. 


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