Businesses urged to start blooming

Brighouse in Bloom summer judging. 'Bill Terry, John Price, Beatrice Myers and Gemma Kelmanson at Wellholme Park
Brighouse in Bloom summer judging. 'Bill Terry, John Price, Beatrice Myers and Gemma Kelmanson at Wellholme Park

YORKSHIRE in Bloom judges are encouraging more people to get involved in the Brighouse entry for the prestigious competition.

Feedback from judges, Gemma Kelmanson and Beatrice Myers, said it would be nice to see more businesses supporting the bloom initiative.

The town gained a silver award in the summer judging. Judges said areas of achievement were bedding plants at both Wellholme Park and around the council offices, the grass areas at Wellholme, Bailiff Bridge, and Sunny Bank Grange were also well maintained.

They said the green wall at Wiley’s was very striking and looked in good health and there were many well maintained front gardens around the town such as George Collins in the Woodhouse area of Brighouse.

They said many residents, including Marlene Lister and Michael Goddard are to be commended for their efforts.

St Chad’s CE Primary School was making a good start with their new garden and the streamside area at Bailiff Bridge was a real widlife oasis according to the two judges.

But they felt the vegetable bed at the canal basin could be further improved and areas in the town centre.

“It would be nice to see more businesses supporting the bloom initiative by providing planters and baskets around their premises,” said the feedback.

Organisers of the competition have been encouraged to look for opportunities to provide habitats for wildlife.

Judges recommended that Sunny Bank Grange could be encouraged to enter the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” category and look at involving more local people in their own communities with the aim of widening the practical base of support for the In Bloom projects.

Bailiff Bridge, they said, should be entered separately.

n The next judging will take place in Spring 2012.