Original Richmond has again taken home a silver gilt in the Yorkshire in Bloom awards held at York racecourse.
The judges said, “There is an enthusiastic sense of community commitment to in Bloom. The involvement of businesses and residents is to be commended”. They continued, “The floral displays throughout give the town a very inviting appearance...Richmond was very clean and well maintained with very few empty premises”.
In addition to the entry for Original Richmond, 12 other businesses and institutions made separate entries into the awards and without even entering, Richmondshire Landscape Trust was rewarded with a Discretionary Yorkshire Rose award for Best Conservation Project in Yorkshire!
Millgate Bloomers were entered in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category. Led by Helen Ambrey, the enthusiastic team have really made a difference to this road leading down to the Falls and were rewarded by a ‘thriving’ from the judging team.
Just the Job Environmental enterprises – “There is a sense of pride yet fun in the community at Just the Job Environmental Enterprise Ltd”.
King Street Kitchen and Gift – “Your shop window displays contribute to the overall impression of your business and the welcome to all who visit the shop and area”.
Millgate House and Gardens –“The garden at Millgate House is impressive and a delight to visit”.
Yorkshire Country Holidays at Mr. Yorke’s Walled Garden – “The huge task of refurbishing the housing and reinstating the walled garden has been a labour of love”.
Silver Gilt Awards
John Blenkiron and Sons – “The florals displays were lovely and appropriate to the business”.
McLuckie Projects for their 5, Market Place premises, new home of Neeps and Tatties – “A great deal of thought and commitment has gone into this project”.
Mocha Chocolate Shop – “We were impressed by the floral planters which had been made and painted to blend into the overall design of the business”.
Richmond Methodist Primary School – “Children participate in planting and growing vegetables and flowers in the raised beds, there is a variety of fruit trees and ornamentals. Lavender and herbs encourage bees and insects”.
Richmondshire Museum – “A delightful and inviting garden and frontage greets visitors to the Richmondshire Museum”.
York House – “The floral hanging baskets and planters at the front of York House are very attractive and reflect the nature of the business and the enthusiasm of its owner Christine”.
Stable Cottage B and B, Nuns Close – “With the old stone walls of the house creating a lovely backdrop the display of plants draws one in to look closer”.
Original Richmond In Bloom is led by the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association (ORBTA) and all the work is carried out voluntarily by ORBTA members, Town Councillors and members of the public. The committee will meet again next week to start on plans for the town’s 2020 entry.
Marcia McLuckie, Chair of The Original Richmond, Richmond Business and Tourism Association said, “Richmond has done very well this year with even more individual entries and a bevy of awards! I had really hoped for a gold award for the town this year, but despite attracting more points for our horticulture and community involvement, we lost on the environment. Our task is to work out why this happened and to try again for that coveted gold next year”.
Marcia continued, “The main point is that Richmond is looking even more beautiful thanks to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and financial contributions from local people. This is for the benefit of all who live and work in the town and who visit, and it raises the profile of the town”.
The full list of results and judges’ report is available at https://www.yorkshireinbloom.co.uk
Anyone who would like to become involved in Original Richmond In Bloom 2020 is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Marcia McLuckie on 01748 825525 / 07740 927 608