Area’s In Bloom entrants hoping for a golden year

Yorkshire in Bloom judges visited Pocklington on Monday
Yorkshire in Bloom judges visited Pocklington on Monday

Pocklington and surrounding villages were looking blooming marvellous when the Yorkshire in Bloom judges visited the area recently.

Stamford Bridge and Dunnington, as well as Pocklington, have entered this year’s competition.

Stamford Bridge Mini Beast Trail. Young Conservers with their leader Tim Burkinshaw

Stamford Bridge Mini Beast Trail. Young Conservers with their leader Tim Burkinshaw

Judges from Yorkshire in Bloom will make two visits to the town and two villages. Their recent visit was for the spring judging, they will also return in July for the summer judging.

During their visit to Pocklington on Monday (13 April), judges Bridget Connor and Gemma Kelmanson were shown around the town by Pocklington mayor, councillor Paul West, and town clerk Richard Wood, a member of the town’s in Bloom committee. On their tour of the town, they were taken to Burnby Hall Gardens, Betterton Court, the allotments, on The Mile, and shown various displays.

Mr Wood said: “We think it went fairly well. The judges seemed interested, we showed them some nice displays. The timing was excellent as the daffodils were all out.

“We showed them what we consider to be fine displays now it is up to them to decide if we are up to the gold standard.”

Pocklington achieved a silver gilt award in last year’s competition.

The same two judges also paid a visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday, where they were taken to the railway station restoration project by the village’s in Bloom committee members Jayne Chomyn and Judith Arnott. The project, being led by Stamford Bridge in Bloom, aims to transform the station back to how it used to look before it closed in 1965 and is almost complete. The judges were also shown the minibeast trail, which is a conservation area near the viaduct. This area was developed by the junior group of Stamford Bridge in Bloom, the Young Conservers, for their conservation and environmental projects.

Gill Cain, a member of Stamford Bridge in Bloom, said: “We are aiming for another gold. With the station project as it is we’ve got our fingers crossed.”

Stamford Bridge did not enter the competition last year, but won a gold award as well as best in category the year before.

Yorkshire in Bloom judges were also in Dunnington last Thursday (9 April), which won gold in the Britain in Bloom competition last year. Judges Martin Burnhill and Roger Brownbridge were shown around the village by Douglas Holliday and Richard Tatham, members of the Dunnington in Bloom team.

Roy Freer, honorary president of Dunnington in Bloom, said: “It was a glorious day. We thought it went well.

“It would be great to get another gold award.”