Richmond in Bloom entry wins silver gilt award

Richmond has won a silver gilt award with its entry into Yorkshire in Bloom – missing out on gold by just three points.

The town also won an discretionary award for the best new entry.

There were other successes announced at the presentation today at York Racecourse, with individual businesses and organisations in the town also winning awards.

Millgate House won gold and was the category winner in the small business category.

Just the Job also won gold in its category, as did York House.

King Street Kitchen and Gifts and Mr Yorke’s Garden both received silver gilt awards.

The town was entered into the competition by Original Richmond, the Richmond Business and Tourism Association.

Chair Marcia McLukie revealed that the town missed out on the gold by just three points, losing marks for issues with the Friary Gardens and the town’s bins.

But she added: “I’m just so pleased with the success and how it has brought the community and businesses together and raised the profile of the town.

“The success is testament to all the hard work that has been put in by the volunteers and businesses.”

Marcia added: “Of course I’m disappointed that the town didn’t win gold but we know what to do for next year’s entry.”

Awarding the town the new entry award, the judges’ citation stated: “Formed just ten months before judging, with the aim of using ‘In Bloom’ as a catalyst to bring the community together, Richmond have demonstrated how a town of this size can pull together to improve and enhance its environment for the benefit for all.

“They have managed to cement differing community groups together, identify what action is needed and executed this in a way to secure ongoing, continuation of its activities.

“With the title ‘Original Richmond in Bloom’ the group have done much work in such a short time, including:- The Old Mill Orchard – renovating the site, to allow public access, securing sponsorship and installing new seating.

“The Gas Holder Garden — an amazing transformation of a neglected site, Millgate resident’s demonstrating community neighbourhood collaboration, by pulling together to enhance the streets.

“Volunteers creating and maintaining three large wildflower meadows around town and partnership working with a social enterprise group ‘Just the Job’ in assisting with work, from watering the lamppost and hanging baskets to making all new wooden planters at all entrance roads to the town.

“The groups encouragement into bringing together the business and commercial elements of the town resulted in a further five YIB entries. Well Done!”




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  1. Well Done to you all. How about including the museum garden next year which is maintained by volunteers all year round.

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