IT has been a blooming marvellous year for Brighouse schools in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.
This year saw 270 entrants from the region taking part in the environmental, horticultural and community ‘in Bloom’ campaign, which is the regional part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign.
The results produce a real flourish of awards in Brighouse, with two golds, a silver and a bronze.
‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category, which is the grass roots part of the campaign helping people to make lasting improvements to their local areas, saw entries up to 50 from 43 in 2011. Among them was Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park and Sunny Bank Tenants Association who were both said to be thriving.
Chair of Yorkshire in Bloom, Brendan Mowforth said: “One really cannot be involved with any outdoor activity this year without thinking about the weather. The wettest for 100 years, it set even greater challenges for our entries. However. through the dedication of communities, involving many volunteers, the environment of Yorkshire has been improved.
“All the entrants are rightly proud of the way they maintain the areas for which they are responsible. The work undertaken to do this includes conservation, community involvement and horticulture in its broadest form. This all means that Yorkshire becomes a better place to live, work and visit.”
Martin Fish from the judging panel was guided around schools, the memorial park and the gardens at Sunny Bank during his Brighouse tour back in July.
Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, showed it utilises the school grounds. Pupils and staff use skills to grow vegetable and flowers. The school also raises its own chickens. They were awarded a gold.
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. The school was awarded a bronze.
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. The Brighouse school walked away with a silver award.
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. The school walked away with a gold.
The Build a Brighter Brighouse group decided this year 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.
Joyce Cawthra, a member of the 3Bs group, said they were thrilled with the results especially for the schools. “It was a good day for Calderdale. We thought that Carr Green would do well but surprised and delighted that other schools got awards because there was a lot of entries for one or two of the categories so they did extremely well.”
An awards ceremony is being organised at the Holiday Inn.