Praise for their hard work

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GREEN-FINGERED gardeners of all ages were praised at an awards ceremony for their hard work and contribution to Yorkshire in Bloom.

The 3B’s - Build a Brighter Brighouse - handed out the prizes at the Holiday Inn, Clifton, to winners in their Brighouse in Bloom competition.

Many of them have helped contribute to Brighouse being given a Silver Award in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

One of the winners was Mr George Collins of Shaftsbury Avenue, Brighouse, who after years of hard work and for the high standard of his pristine garden, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence.

Bill Terry from the 3Bs said he wished to thank all the entrants for their hard work year after year.

“It’s great to see so many schools getting involved and having 30 children here at the awards presentation,” he said.

“They have taken a real interest in the horticultural side and are growing their own vegetables.

“I am very pleased with the support we have received and it is looking good for the future as we have made real progress over the years.

“Our life time achievement winner George Collins is planning on organising a school shield for next year which will hopefully encourage more to take part.”

Mr Collins’ green-fingered talent has passed on to his daughter Jean who lives with her husband John Crowther in Armitage Avenue, Brighouse, and they are also among this year’s winners, collecting a garden presentation certificate.

Whinney Hill Park residents Malcolm and Patricia Keene have also been recognised in the same category. A stunning display of hanging baskets outside the Clough House pub at Rastrick has earned the pub an award and school children from five Brighouse schools have also been included among the winners.

They are St Chad’s CE, Hove Edge, St Joseph’s RC School, Brighouse, St John’s CE, Clifton, Carr Green Primary, Rastrick, and Brighouse High School.

All the schools have created their own garden areas where they grow flowers, fruit and vegetables and some of the children have filled wheel bar rows or other containers with colourful blooms.

Awards are also being made for community planting and winners include the Busy Bees group at St Martin’s Church, Brighouse, Sunny Bank Tenants’ Association, Brighouse, and Calderdale Council for its continued high standard of work in Wellholme Park, Brighouse.