Richmond to enter Britain in Bloom

Flowers outside York House in Richmond.

The Richmond Business and Tourism Association (RBTA) has entered this year’s Britain in Bloom’ awards.

The association has entered the Grow Your Community category, which is judged on horticultural excellence – gardens and floral displays, as well as environmental responsibility and community participation.

This is a non-competitive category, which means Richmond will be judged on the standard now and how much improvement has been achieved over the next few months.

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This is a community effort led by the RBTA working alongside Richmond Town Council and Just the Job.

Organisers hope individuals and other organisations will work together with them to grow Original Richmond and give everyone yet another reason to make them proud of this lovely town.

Chair of the RBTA, Marcia McLuckie said: “We cannot do this on our own and we are calling on as many people as possible to get involved in making Richmond even more beautiful and helping to contribute towards the towns success.”

Friary Tower and Gardens in Richmond. Photo: Guy Carpenter

The organisers are calling on Richmond residents, people who live near to Richmond, business owners in Richmond, school teachers and children, people who work and shop in Richmond, visit Richmond and anyone who cares about Richmond to become involved.

Hanging baskets, tubs, gardens, public spaces, windows, notice boards, verges and more all need to be looking their best and the more flowers the merrier. If you see an uncared for area, please let the committee know.

Marcia is ambitious for the town.

She said: “Let’s go for gold – I’m sure we can do it.

“A group of judges from Yorkshire in Bloom have paid us a visit and on a preliminary assessment believe we are already capable of achieving a silver-gilt award, but let’s go for that gold standard.”

Christine Swift, who owns and runs York House in the Market Place is behind the entry for Richmond in Bloom.

“I think it is great that we are going for it.

“It can only improve Richmond and as a consequence the feel-good factor of the town and surrounding area.

“Especially this year with the Tour de Yorkshire setting us off with the enthusiasm this will create.”

Judging takes place in July when Richmond. Before then the committee are asking for all the encouragement, constructive criticism, compliments and better still all the help you can give.

Please give your feedback and let the organisers know if you would like to help.

Contact Marcia McLuckie on 01748 825525 / 07740 927 608 or

Contact details and updates will also available on the RBTA Original Richmond website at

1 Comment

  1. Great idea , it should get a tremendous response. Will the road works be over by then? They could let us down!

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