Bloom judges make allowances for drought

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

Yorkshire in Bloom judges have been making allowances for the drought on visits to Scarborough.

The parched ground has presented major problems to the area’s gardeners, which the judges took into account.

Liz Levett from York and Linda Casper from Leeds said they enjoyed their walking tours of the town.

“There's lots to see and we can see how hard the residents have worked”, Liz said, while visiting the old town.

Their tour was conducted by a handful of residents including ward councillor Janet Jefferson.

They started at Friarage School then walked up to St Mary’s Church for coffee.

Then they visited the Ropery gardens, between St Mary’s Walk and Castle Road.

Their tour encompassed Ann Brontë’s grave, Castlegate, Burr Bank, Princess Street, Janet Whittaker’s bloom-festooned house in St Mary’s Street, the old Quaker gardens in St Sepulchre Street and the sustainable planting on Foreshore Road, finishing at the flowerbeds in Valley Road.

That was in the morning of their visit. In the afternoon, they inspected Dean Road and Manor Road cemetery, South Cliff gardens and Peasholm Park.

Yorkshire in Bloom is a voluntary regional organisation that administers the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign in north, south, east, west and north Yorkshire.

Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in Europe. Each year it grows in size and importance and involves more people, groups and organisations, creating lasting improvements to local environments.