It’s blooming lovely in South Yorkshire. And now accolades have been handed out and will be proudly displayed across the region to prove it.
Parks, pubs, schools, charities, community spaces and even shopping centres in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster have won awards. There were more than 30 winners from South Yorkshire, with 15 in Sheffield.
Judges from Yorkshire in Bloom, who have been roaming the region in search of colourful displays and flourishing flowers, said many entrants had celebrated the Tour de France and the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom.
Many schemes were recognised in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category, where entries were given one of five ratings, from establishing to outstanding.
Friends of Holme Lane Community Garden, Hillsborough, was rated as thriving, as was High Green in Bloom and Robert Street Allotments in Barnsley.
Paul Martin, a member of the gardening team at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield, was named as one of only three community champions in Yorkshire. He also tends the grounds of St John’s Church in Deepcar in his spare time.
Burncross, High Green Methodist Church, St John’s Church, Deepcar, Sheffield Forgemasters, Richmond Park, Wisewood Community Primary School, Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and the University of Sheffield all struck gold in Sheffield.
A joint discretionary award was given to Grenoside War Memorial.
Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure said: “Congratulations to all who gained awards at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.
“A lot of hard work went into achieving such excellent results and their efforts have certainly contributed towards making Sheffield such a green city and a great place to live.”
In Rotherham, winners included Flanderwell Gardening Club which was awarded a silver gilt, while in Doncaster, Travis Gardening Club secured a gold.
In Barnsley, 13 awards where handed out including gold recognition in the city centre award for the second successive year.
Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council cabinet spokesman for development, environment and culture, said: “As we continue through this period of economic hardship for both Barnsley residents and the council itself, the fact that officers and community groups are still working hard to make Barnsley beautiful makes these awards even more worthwhile.
“There are some spectacular areas of the borough and the judges’ comments make me proud to live and work in Barnsley. Thanks go out to everyone involved.”
South Yorkshire winners
Villages, communities and towns
Bradfield – silver
Burncross – gold
Grenoside – silver
Public, private and charitable establishments
High Green Methodist Church – gold
St John Church – gold
Public houses and restaurants
University Arms, Sheffield – silver gilt
City centre award
Barnsley – gold
High Green Methodist Church – gold
St John Church, Deepcar – gold
Barnsley Hospice – gold
Tankersley Manor – silver gilt
Country houses, parks and gardens
Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve – gold
Cannon Hall and Country Park – silver gilt
Public open spaces – friends of groups
Richmond Park – gold
Churchfields Peace Gardens – gold
Carlton Marsh Nature Reserve – gold
Friends of Monk Bretton Park – silver gilt
Friends of Thurnscoe Park – silver
It’s your Neighbourhood
Crookes Community Forum – developing
Friends of Holme Lane Community Garden – thriving
High Green in Bloom – thriving
Cudworth Environmental Group – developing
Hellaby Gardening Group – developing
Robert Street Allotments – thriving
Permanent landscaping – Barnsley Pals Centenary Square
Memorials – Grenoside War Memorial, joint winner
Young people’s award
Wisewood Community Primary School – gold
Flanderwell GC, Rotherham – silver gilt
Oxspring Primary School – silver gilt
Queens Road Academy – bronze
Travis Gardening Club, Doncaster – gold
Universities, colleges and education establishment
University of Sheffield – gold
Shopping centres and retail parks
Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and Retail Park
Community champion award
Paul Martin, Sheffield