Parks in Bradford have once again come up smelling of roses in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards competition.
Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Park has been given a platinum award, with Robert’s Park and Harold Park both receiving gold awards.
The highly acclaimed Lister Park received a silver gilt award as a tourist attraction.
Other winners in Bradford include: Cottingley, Menston and Keighley which all received a silver gilt award for their respective categories.
Judges were very impressed with the Bradford Council-run parks, with each having their own particular attractions.
Yorkshire in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign in Yorkshire which pits rural villages, towns and city centres against one another against a range of criteria that included horticultural know-how, community engagement, efforts to bolster biodiversity and climate change adaptation.
The categories in the competition include parks entered by Friends of Groups and tourist attractions run by local authorities and other bodies.
At Cliffe Castle Park the judges were impressed with the recent high standard renovation and claimed it was “a pleasure to visit”.
In Cottingley, judges thought it was lovely to see a group of such committed people working for the good of their community, they commented on the Community Centre Garden saying that it was “a blaze of colour” and that leaving the gate open was a “lovely touch”.
Judges also visited Keighley’s Dementia Care Garden and mentioned how it was a bright calm space; they were pleased to hear that the use of chemicals was kept to a minimum.
Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said:
“It’s great to see our hard working park staff and volunteers get the recognition they deserve by yet again achieving prestigious awards in this competition.
“I would like to thank them and other stakeholders whose contribution is greatly appreciated by both the Council and the visitors to our district’s parks.
“Our parks continue to prove a wonderful resource for the people of the district and these awards prove how keen we are to keep them in tip-top condition.”