A SOUTH Yorkshire village has received a silver gilt medal at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards ceremony.
Ardsley, in Barnsley, improved on the silver award it won in 2009, winning a Yorkshire Rose Silver Gilt Award in the urban community category at the ceremony, held at The Pavilions in Harrogate.
The village was one of four silver gilt winners out of 13 entrants in their group.
Judges said: “Ardsley is an attractive urban community that has a pleasant and thriving atmosphere.
“A wide dual carriageway that runs through the heart of the community could have fragmented it, but instead the residents have turned it into a feature, with daffodils that we saw in the spring and the barrel plantings in the summer.
“It was lovely to see the enthusiasm and commitment that the community has for improving their local area and how so many residents, businesses and agencies are working together to make Ardsley bloom.”
Ardsley Residents’ Association said it would like to thank everybody that ‘helped to make In Bloom 2011 successful’.
Barnsley scooped 12 awards in total, with judges commending the hard work of council officers, community groups and schools.
Other winners included Elsecar Park, Cannon Hall Gardens, Tankersley Manor and, in their first year of entry, Darton Primary School.
Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for development, environment and culture, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved.
“Barnsley has a great community spirit and I’m glad this was recognised by the Yorkshire in Bloom judges.
“My thanks go to all the officers and community groups who have received awards. Their hard work has, in turn, rewarded us all with some truly beautiful areas of the borough.”