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Original Richmond Enters Yorkshire In Bloom for the Second Year Running

Last year Richmond entered the Grow Your Community category of Yorkshire In Bloom and was rewarded with a silver-gilt, missing gold by only 3 points. We also won the 2018 Yorkshire Rose Discretionary Award for Best New Entry and were paid some great compliments by the judges, who said, “Formed just ten months before judging, with the aim of using ‘In Bloom’ as a catalyst to bring the community together, Richmond have demonstrated how a town of this size can pull together to improve and enhance its environment for the benefit for all.”

Original Richmond Enters Yorkshire In Bloom for the Second Year Running

The Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association enter Yorkshire In Bloom to raise the profile of the town and its businesses as a beautiful place to live and visit. We have received much local publicity and last year we were filmed by Electric Ray TV working on our projects alongside Chris Bavin, the presenter of the BBC2 television series Britain In Bloom.

The resulting half-hour programme, broadcast earlier this year, gave fantastic publicity to Richmond and working on Yorkshire In Bloom really brought our community together. This year we are upping our game and have entered the category of Town. If we achieve gold, who knows, but Richmond might go through to the national Britain in Bloom competition!

To see the route the judges will take on Monday 1st July, when they will be judging the town, please download the leaflet here.

The following businesses, schools and communities have also entered Yorkshire In Bloom and will be judged on Monday 1st July and Wednesday 3rd July: Blenkirons Funeral Services; Just the Job; King Street Kitchen and Gift; McLuckie Projects (5 Market Place); Millgate House; Millgate Residents; Mocha Chocolate Shop; Neeps and Tatties; Richmond Methodist Primary School; Richmondshire Museum; Stable Cottage BnB; York House; Yorkshire Country Holidays (Mr. Yorke’s Walled Garden)

This year we are planning a display of ‘waste’ sculptures for the Friary Gardens as part of our entry. The sculptures will highlight the amount of litter that we generate and the town’s awareness of environmental responsibilities.

The displays will be sited at the top of the beautiful Friary Gardens in shady areas to the right and left of the Friary Tower.

We are appealing for individuals and groups to create sculptures on the theme of ‘Nature’. The materials used should be waterproof and can be made out of such things as plastic bottles, bubblewrap, clingfilm, crisp packets, plastic punnets, packaging, sweet wrappers etc.

The Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association and Richmond Pride teams are regularly out around town weeding and picking litter. Keep an eye on Facebook for dates and times. You can also help by keeping the pavements in front of your homes and businesses free of weeds, picking up litter and putting out hanging baskets, tubs and window boxes. Plant bee friendly, put up bat and bird boxes and create insect hotels to help the environment.

Everyone is invited to join our community gardening and tidying campaign to make Richmond an even better place to live and visit. To register your interest in helping please email us at and let us know what you would like to assist with. You can also call Marcia on 01748 825525.

Please join our growing list of supporters including:

Alyson Swift of King Street Kitchen and Gift; Andy Macey; Angela Colman-Clay; 1st Catterick Garrison Cub Group; Charlie ?; Charlie Wells; Christine Swift of York House; Dave and Loo Morton of Neeps and Tatties; Dennis and Elizabeth Graves of Mocha Chocolate Shop; Dennis McLuckie of McLuckie Projects; Gary Hudson and his staff at Richmondshire District Council; Fiona Dean and Ravensworth Nurseries; Glen Petty; Helen Ambrey and her Millgate Residents Team; Ian woods, Richmond’s Victorian Policeman; Iris Eckersely; Jane Hatcher; Jane Metcalfe; Jenny Reid-Young and her team from ProPharma; John and Olga Ashton; John Stanley and Denise Wherrit of Yorkshire In Bloom; Jonathan Preece; Judith Hutchinson of Broaches Farm; Kersty Jordan of G-Design; Mags Cran; Mandy Owens Plant Sales; Marcia McLuckie, Yorkshire Country Holiday; J & H Meynell Pet & Garden Supplies; Lord Ronaldshay and Zetland Estates; Methodist Church; Middlemoor Farm; Montessori Nursery; PCS Helenor Gwatkin of Richmond Police; Phil Upton of Purple Creative; Richmond and the Dales Soroptimists International; Richmond Library; Richmond Pride, Richmond Town Council – particularly Cllr. Stuart Parsons, Cllr. Clive World and Heather Lawler; Richmondshire Museum; Richmondshire Ravens Ladies Rugby Club; St. Mary’s Primary School; Sophie Hazell of City Secret; Steve Biggs and all at Just the Job; Steve and Amanda Cooke; Tim Culkin and Austin Lynch of Millgate House; Trevor Cook; Trinity Academy; Veterans’ Woodcraft.

We are grateful to all those who have sponsored and helped so far. Have your name added to this ever growing list of people looking after Richmond?

A Word About Yorkshire In Bloom and the Judging Criteria

Yorkshire in Bloom is a voluntary regional organisation that administers the RHS Britain in Bloom Campaign in Yorkshire.

The In Bloom competition is assessed by local judges on criteria developed by the RHS in consultation with the Regions. Marks are awarded and are related to standards of Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze.

The In Bloom Criteria…

Horticultural Achievement
Well chosen, healthy nurtured plants
Great floral displays

Environmental Responsibility

Cleaner and greener surroundings
Planting for bees and other wildlife
Safer environment
Healthier environment
Increased environmental awareness
Reduced anti-social behaviour

Community Participation

Workingtogether – business people, councils, children, residents, visitors
Stronger sense of community
Increased local pride and community empowerment
Positive impact on Richmond and the local economy for all to enjoy