Ripon in Bloom’s floral volunteers have notched up a major win in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.
The group’s efforts around the city have seen Ripon walk away with a Silver Gilt medal and Best in Category award.
The city triumphed over competition from Goole, Pontefract and Pudsey to win the small city/ large town class.
Ripon in Bloom Chairman Craig Scorer and volunteer Brenda Anderson collected their gong at a ceremony at the Pavillions of Harrogate on Tuesday, September 20.
On Wednesday morning, Craig and the group’s secretary then faced the task of ringing round the dedicated volunteers.
“We are delighted with the news,” Craig said.
“Silver Gilt is a step up from last year, and to win the category is very pleasing.”
Success was rife around the Ripon area, with Newby Hall and Gardens taking a Gold award and winning the country houses, estates, parks and gardens class.
Newby’s head gardener Mark Jackson said:
“We are particularly delighted to have won this year, as 2011 has been a hard year for us - firstly with the very cold winter, followed by the drought.
“Also our small gardening team has been more stretched than ever to cover for absences, so it feels like an extra special achievement.”
Ripon Racecourse and Moorside Infants School both took a Gold award; the Ripon Spa Hotel took Silver Gilt; and Kirkby Malzeard village, Kirkby Malzeard Primary School and the Hob Green Hotel in Markington each took a Silver award.