York to represent Yorkshire in Britain in Bloom

1 Feb 2013 @ 11.34 am
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Cllr Sonja Crisp enjoys York’s Museum Gardens which will be judged as part of Britain in Bloom

Issued by City of York Council

The competition York will be facing when representing the Yorkshire Region in the 2013 Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) national Britain in Bloom competition has been announced.

Having won Gold in the regional Yorkshire in Bloom competition in 2012, York will be judged between 29 July and 9 August 2013. During a half-day visit, the judges will be putting York under the microscope. They will be looking at floral and horticultural practices, the environmental efforts and how communities participate to make York and its local neighbourhoods greener places to live, work and visit.

York will be representing Yorkshire in the City category, and will be facing competition from Stockton-on-Tees, London Borough of Richmond and Norwich.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “To be in the national finals for the second time in three years is testament to all the hard work that goes on throughout the year in York by everyone including local residents, voluntary groups, businesses, and communities of interest to improve the look of York.

“We know from the many compliments we get about our floral displays that they are appreciated by residents and visitors alike. But, In Bloom is more than flowers: at the heart of the competition are the local efforts working together to improve and be proud of their part of the city.”

Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “The achievement of York entering the national competition is an indication of the Smarter York’s ethos of engaging and empowering residents, local groups and businesses to keep York a beautiful place to live and work at a time of increasing funding pressures.”

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