JUDGES from this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom have been touring Brighouse to inspect the entries into the competition.
Martin Fish, from the judging panel, was guided around schools, Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park and the gardens at Sunny Bank Road by the Build a Brighter Brighouse.
Bill Terry from the 3B’s said: “Instead of entering the town as a whole into the Yorkshire in Bloom judging, where the town has achieved the Silver Guilt award, the 3B’s decided to enter individual entries into this year’s contest.”
First on the judging tour was Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park. The area which was rescued from a largely derelict site through the perseverance of Malcolm Silkstone. He raised substantial funding to make a well used and attractive space.
Further improvements have been achieved for the wider area through this initiative, including the construction of Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, with many supporters gained through very hard work and ongoing commitment.
Numerous schools have been entered for their horticultural work. Gardening clubs have been set up with the curriculum now incorporating the outdoor gardens.
Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, has utilised the school grounds. Pupils and staff use skills to grow vegetable and flowers. The school also raises its own chickens.
St Chad’s CE Primary School, Hove Edge, has provided containers for separate classes to grow their own produce in a dedicated area and have agreed to repaint murals for the town centre as part of their community programme.
St Joseph’s RC Primary School has a programme of vegetable growing using raised beds which has proved to be successful in teaching the basics of horticulture to classes within the school and the school kitchens make good use of the produce.
St John’s Academy, Clifton, received help from the 3B’s Group by forming a sensory garden which has now developed and improved. In addition pupils have successfully grown vegetables. The garden area and learning horticulture skills has become a key part of the school curriculum.
Work being carried out by the Sunny Bank Residents Association has enhanced their surroundings over a period of time by providing a large gardened area.
Residents have also made wall repairs and are taking conservation measures. The area is a prime example of social cohesion and commitment.
Results from the Yorkshire in Bloom judging will be announced in September.