Pocklington                                                          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring: Silver Rose Award                                 Summer: Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction (introductory remarks from the judges):

Pocklington is a very busy town, situated at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. A lot of effort has gone in to blooming up the town and, generally, this has been achieved to a high standard notably in the Memorial Garden and in the many well maintained residential gardens.

The support from businesses in the town was very evident and to be commended. We were delighted to be introduced to the school gardening gang and would encourage them to enter the Yorkshire in Bloom Youth Enterprise award next summer. Well done!


SECTION A – Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement:

Nicely maintained baskets, boxes and bedding. It was nice to see the tree boxes being underplanted.

W I Garden – Very colourful, clean and tidy. The superb Memorial Gardens. Beautifully and appropriately planted. Many well maintained residential gardens and the beautiful winning entry.

The jewel in the crown – Burnby Hall Gardens. Simply outstanding! Excellent business support throughout the town, especially Boots and all the public houses. The prize winning allotment and the allotment site as a whole.

Areas for Improvement:

Continue with the programme to underplant the tree boxes with shrubs for all year round interest.

Consider adding more trailing plants in to baskets, barrier baskets and boxes to camouflage the edges.

Continue to help the WI work towards a fully sustainable bed outside Burnby Hall Gardens. Consider putting Pocklington School in to the Yorkshire in Bloom Youth Enterprise Award for 2010. Consider increasing the number of barrier baskets at the bus station if funds allow or group the existing ones closer together to give a more bold effect.


SECTION B – Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement:

The purchase of the Green Waste re-cycling bowser, an excellent investment. General cleanliness of the town centre.

Areas for Improvement:

Some of the street furniture, particularly litter bins, need replacing. Consider a rolling programme of improvement.


SECTION C – Community Participation

Areas of Achievement:

We were very impressed with the children’s school garden project and look forward to seeing it flourish under the enthusiastic care of staff and volunteers. Good luck exhibiting at Driffield Show. It was nice to see that some trouble had been taken to let the town know that Yorkshire in Bloom was “happening”! The new jackets will help a great deal in raising awareness of bloom in the town. All the volunteers are working very hard for Pocklington in Bloom but we must commend John for his excellent work.

Areas for Improvement:

Try to encourage more young people to get involved. Consider a Young People’s Design a Flower bed competition for next summer which could be planted in a prominent place in the town (Circular bed by Church maybe?) with planting supervised by the eminent and very knowledgeable Mr Squirrel.


Judges admire Burnby Hall Gardens


Judges visit the Infants School Gardening Gang


Winner of the front garden competition


Bloom members at the Garden Fair at Burnby Hall