Judging for Yorkshire in Bloom took place on Tuesday 3 July, but the result will not be announced until 11 September at an awards ceremony at York Racecourse.
Thanks to the efforts of so many people in Richmond we certainly deserve to win a gold award for the town. Walking around with the judges was a privilege and we felt very proud to see Richmond so clean and tidy with flowers flourishing around the centre of town.
The transformation of the Gas Holder Garden down by the waterfall is remarkable and thanks to the care and sponsorship given by RBTA members Mocha and Neeps and Tatties.
Two other members, McLuckie Projects and Yorkshire Country Holidays have planted a small, community soft fruit orchard on Park Wynd. The judges were also most impressed by the work of Just the Job and also the care taken of Richmond Town Council allotments in Westfields.
The judges were welcomed to Richmond at The Station, where Richmond Landscape Trust put on a stunning exhibition about the wildflower meadows that they manage.
Other RBTA members who gave voluntary help to In Bloom were Hunton and Garget, Purple Creative, G Design, City Secret, Ravensworth Nurseries, ProPharma Group and Richmondshire Today.
Our thanks also go to Jackie Stubbs – painter of sheep, Richmond Pride, Richmond Town Council and staff and Richmondshire District Council, Richmond Rotary club, Richmond Civic Society and the Methodist and Influence Churches for their help and to Tim and Austin at Millgate House and RBTA members York House, King Street Kitchen and Gift, Just the Job and Yorkshire Country Holidays for individual entries that boosted the strength of the entry for Richmond.
Looking forward to September when the results will be announced and to next spring when Richmond will feature in a half-hour programme for BBC2’s Britain in Bloom series.
To all who helped make Richmond even more beautiful, thank you from the Original Richmond RBTA.