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Beverley is blooming . . . ‘the best in Yorkshire’

Beverley is blooming . . . and that’s official! For the town picked up not one, but two, prestigious awards at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom contest. Town Mayor Ann Willis was at York Racecourse last week to receive the gold award after it was announced Beverley had once again been named as winner of the large town/small cities category, retaining its title bestowed last summer. But then came the icing on the cake – Beverley receiving the Yorkshire Rose Award for the Best Town in the whole of Yorkshire.

Cllr Willis received the awards from Lady Emma Ingilby of Ripley Castle. The awards were the culmination of months of planning and preparation by Beverley Town Council officials and the dedicated team of volunteers from the Beverley in Bloom group.  An extract from the judges overall impressions of the town said: “The horticultural standards displayed coupled with the rich heritage the town has to offer puts Beverley in the top echelons of visitor destinations.”

Linda Freeman, Chair of Beverley in Bloom, told Beverley FM: “We are thoroughly delighted to retain the Gold Award and even better it this year with being voted the best town in Yorkshire in Bloom. What an accolade.  I would like to thank my fellow Beverley in Bloom members that have worked tirelessly to make Beverley blooming lovey.  Thanks go to them all.”

The awards were the culmination of months of planning and preparation by Beverley Town Council officials and the dedicated team of volunteers from the Beverley in Bloom group.

The Bloom group and the Yorkshire in Bloom entry is managed and co-ordinated by Beverley Town Council with the stated aims of improving floral displays throughout town, promoting a heightened sense of community spirit and civic pride, making Beverley an even better place to in which to live, work and visit, as well as stimulating voluntary work and  partnership working between community groups and local businesses.

There was more good news at the prizegiving when it was announced that Beverley’s Flemingate centre claimed a gold award for a second year in the Shopping Centres and Retail Parks category. Judges praised Flemingate for the use of sustainable planting around the main centre and play area.

They were also impressed with the choice and variety of evergreen shrubs and “excellent” vibrant hanging baskets. The judges also highlighted how Flemingate was free from litter and graffiti. In addition, they recommended a collaboration between Flemingate and Beverley Town Council to create a designated route between the development and the town centre using signposting to help visitors navigate Beverley as a whole.

And finally, there was a gold award for Molescroft Primary School in the Young Persons category while the Pipe and Glass pub at South Dalton received the Yorkshire Rose Commercial Award. Commenting on the awards Beverley Town Clerk, Helen Watson said: “Winning the overall category and also the most prestigious Yorkshire Rose Award for Best Town is a fantastic achievement. Together with the awards to Molescroft School and Flemingate, the overall results have been truly magnificent for Beverley.  It is just reward for all the hard work and enthusiasm by all those volunteers involved in ensuring that our wonderful town continues to prosper and be the community in which we all can be very proud.