In Bloom judging for Ripon

Judges Rae Beckwith and Jim Goodwin with Ripon in Bloom  members and dignitaries in the Spa Gardens.
Judges Rae Beckwith and Jim Goodwin with Ripon in Bloom members and dignitaries in the Spa Gardens.
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Ripon in Bloom committee members are keeping their green fingers crossed for success after Britain in Bloom judges visited the city.

The two judges spent three hours looking round Ripon last week and committee members are feeling hopeful after the community met their call to arms to get the city looking its best.

“I think it went really well,” said Brenda Anderson, a group member for 25 years.

“Shops had a tidy up, the Kirkgate Forward group tidied up its street and we did a lot of weeding in the two weeks before along the route we would be taking the judges.”

She added that Rotary members had done a litter pick the day before and the judges were transported around in a vehicle lent by Ripon Land Rover.

The judges began their tour of the city at the racecourse, taking in Moorside Junior School, Market Place, Temple Gardens, the Workhouse Museum garden, allotments, the wildflower meadow on Princess Road, Kirkby Drive and Lark Lane, Studley Road’s sports grounds, Bedern Bank and the Courthouse garden before finishing in the Spa Gardens.

Ripon got through to the competition after achieving gold in last year’s Yorkshire in Bloom contest.

“Because of the weather the flowers have been absolutely fabulous so the city probably looked even better than it did last year,” said Mrs Anderson, who added that the Walled Garden scheme grew all flowers for the display baskets.

“We now have to wait until October 12 to see how we’ve done when we go to Cleethorpes for the awards ceremony.”