GARDENERS across South Yorkshire were celebrating a ‘bloomin’ marvellous year’ after they were highly decorated in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom awards.
Results announced last night during a ceremony at York Racecourse, saw seven silver, 12 silver gilt and 10 gold awards presented to entrants in a variety of categories from across South Yorkshire.
Among the winners was Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens which won gold in the country houses, estates, parks and gardens category.
Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre was also recognised with two awards.
A further 11 gongs were given to South Yorkshire’s ‘developing, thriving or outstanding’ neighbourhoods, those communities which have enhanced their local area and made long lasting improvements to their environments.
They included Ardsley community allotments in Barnsley; Chapeltown; Firth Park community allotment; Devon Gardens in Sheffield; Greenwood Terrace Conservation Group; Grenoside Green; Heeley City Farm; Laburnum Grove Community Gardens in Stocksbridge;
Beighton Orchard in Sheffield; Stocksbridge Clock Tower and Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
As well as receiving a gold award for its horticulture credentials, Crystal Peaks won the Sawley Arms trophy - a discretionary award presented for the individual promotion of Yorkshire in Bloom.
Manager Lee Greenwood, said: “A gold award is a great accolade and one that we’re extremely proud of, but to win best in category too is absolutely fantastic.”
“This recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing a pleasant shopping experience to all our visitors and our continued commitment to the environment.
“Real thanks of course must go to our landscaping team, headed by Steve Hill, for their enthusiasm and dedication for which they truly deserve a gold award.”
Other discretionary awards went to Owlthorpe and Grenoside.
In the ‘large village’ category, Burncross, in Sheffield, won gold and Forgemasters in Sheffield won a silver gilt for best business premises.
Abbeydale Residential Home and High Green Methodist Church also received golds.
Tom Delaney from the University Arms in Sheffield, which gained a silver gilt award, said the achievement was ‘fantastic’.
The group - a collaboration of students and ground maintenance staff - entered for the first time this year and worked hard over the summer on the pub gardens.
Elsecar Park in Barnsley also picked up a gold in the country houses, estates, parks and gardens category.
Yorkshire in Bloom chairman Brendan Mowforth said: “One cannot be involved with any outdoor activity this year without thinking about the weather.
“The wettest for 100 years, it set even greater challenges for our entries. However, through the dedication of communities, involving many volunteers, the environment of Yorkshire has been improved.”
Yorkshire is one of 17 regions in Britain which participates in the national In Bloom campaign, started 45 years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Visit yorkshireinbloom.co.uk for a full list of winners.