YORKSHIRE in Bloom judges have been in the region to assess three competitors at their blooming best.
Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and Wilberfoss all received visits from judges last week.
Pocklington, in the town category of the competition, is hoping to go one step better this year and achieve a gold award after receiving a silver gilt in 2010, which is the second best award up for grabs. Stamford Bridge, who are part of the small town category, and Wilberfoss, who are in the large village category, also managed to achieve a silver award last year.
All three places will be judged again in the summer and the scores from spring and summer will be combined to determine the award they receive at a ceremony in September.
Pocklington Town Clerk, Richard Wood, said the town is aiming for a gold award this year.
He said: “Everything went according to plan. We saw some nice flowers.
“It’s the best the town can do, I think.
“We always aspire to get gold.”
The judges were taken to a number of places in Pocklington including Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington Infant School, where they were shown around the school grounds, the town’s allotments on The Mile and then through the town centre.
In Stamford Bridge, the judges were given a tradional viking welcome by some people dressed as the ancient invaders.
They were taken down Main Street and then Viking Road before visiting Stamford Bridge Primary School.
Bryan Lawson, chairman of Stamford Bridge in Bloom, said: “The judges were impressed by the cleanliness of the village.
“Considering the awful weather, they thought we had made a good recovery. So things are looking good.”
Meanwhile, at Wilberfoss, judges were shown around various places including Main Street, the allotments and Wilberfoss Primary School.
Yorkshire in Bloom is a voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom Campaign in North, South, East and West Yorkshire, and North and North-East Lincolnshire.
The annual competition is open to villages, towns and cities of whatever size.