Chairman of Ripon in Bloom set to retire

Craig Scorer who is retiring as Ripon in Bloom's chairman.
Craig Scorer who is retiring as Ripon in Bloom's chairman.

The chairman of Ripon in Bloom is stepping down from the role after six years at the helm of the community organisation.

Craig Scorer, 49, took over from his predecessor in 2008 and has overseen the committee winning gold at the Yorkshire in Bloom competition in 2012.

Mr Scorer called the achievement, and then winning silver in the large town category for the national event last year, his “highest point”.

The committee was plucked out from more than 1,000 entrants to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom UK Finals and were judged on their flower projects at Temple Gardens on Allhallowgate, Bedern Bank and Goose Common.

He said: “When I came into the role I thought that I would have little jobs but would mainly chair the meeting, which was true to a degree, but there were a few more things involved.

“The group is involved in bulb planting and litter picking at Temple Gardens and looking after the structures there. We were also involved in the Tour de France this year and putting hanging baskets up around the city, sticking to the yellow colour theme.

“It’s quite satisfying to look round and see that you’ve helped make the city look as nice as possible, to the best of my ability at least.”

Mr Scorer said he has always been interested in gardening but said his role was more about ‘man management’ than gardening.

He said: “We do a lot of sitting round a table discussing projects and trying to get them to happen and a lot of the time I’m stood in front of Harrogate council asking for funds.

“The committee works extremely hard and that energy and dedication goes into helping me and I would like to thank everyone on the committee who have worked so hard over the years.

“I will take a bit of a back seat now but I will go along from time to time and help planting seeds to stay involved to a degree.

Ripon in Bloom is holding its annual awards evening on Friday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in Ripon Town Hall and the group is actively seeking new members.

Telephone Carol McIntyre on 01765 605034 for information.