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Harrogate in Bloom 2018 Competition Awards Afternoon

23 September


More than one hundred gardeners, environmentalists and community stalwarts joined Harrogate Mayor, Councillor Bernard Bateman and Harrogate and Knaresborough's Member of Parliament Andrew Jones for Harrogate in Bloom's annual awards afternoon on Sunday, 23 September in the magnificent surroundings of St Wilfrid’s Church.

Throughout the year, this local voluntary group organises a number of competitions to recognise endeavour and to encourage more people to garden, care for the environment or support local community activities.

There’s competitions for allotments, primary school children, communal grounds, private homes, pubs and restaurants, hotels and guest houses and business premises. 

​This year there are two new awards.  Best School Garden which went to Rossett School for its Sensory Garden.  The second is a very special award presented to the person who it is considered has made an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Team Harrogate’s in bloom campaign’.  This inaugural award was presented to Jane Blayney Chair of the Friends of the Valley Gardens who under Jane’s stewardship have  just received a third consecutive Platinum Medal in the regional Yorkshire in Bloom Awards.

​Pam Grant, President of Harrogate in Bloom and Chair of Team Harrogate congratulates and thanks everyone who took part.  She added: “We had some excellent entries and some welcome new entries including the beautiful small garden at The Fat Badger and the outstanding garden at Rogers Almshouses created to celebrate its 2018 centenary.  Large or small gardens bring enjoyment to everyone but it’s not without hard work!”.

​Harrogate in Bloom would also like to thank David Wilson Homes who came on board this year to sponsor the awards afternoon.  And finally to all the bakers who provided the afternoon tea.

Harrogate in Bloom 2018 award winners:

​Harrogate in Bloom President's Trophy - Harlow Hill Allotments

​Mayor's Award - Chris Beard

​David Wilson Homes Outstanding Contribution to Team Harrogate’s in bloom campaign - Jane Blayney

​Harrogate in Bloom Shield - The Fat Badger

​Harrogate in Bloom Henson Tankard - Alistair Baldwin 

Betty's Trophy (Residential Community) -Swan Court

​Crowther Memorial Trophy - St Andrew’s Police Treatment Centre

​Harlow Carr Boarding Kennels Trophy (Commercial and Retail Properties) -Raworths Solicitors

​Harrogate Civic Society Shield (My Garden) - Charles Garner

​Harrogate Chamber of Trade Trophy (Communal Grounds) - Low Harrogate Bowling Club

​Harrogate Borough Council Yorkshire Rose Shield (Pubs and Restaurants) - The Winter Gardens

​Hotels and Guesthouses’ Association Trophy  - The White Hart Hotel

​Hammond Mann Trophy - Rossett School

​Edgar Scholey Trophy (Best Allotment Site) - Northern Outfall 

​Harrogate Borough Council Trophy (Best Allotment Plot) - Fiona Walker, Northern Outfall

​Christine Dean Cup - Richard Taylor Primary School

​McCrindle Trophy - Rogers’ Almshouses

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