The Memorial Gardens


ohn Barber and Richard Wood with the certificate


The impressive Balk roundabout

Pocklington has again been awarded ‘Silver-Gilt’ in the town section of the Yorkshire in Bloom competition. At an awards ceremony held in Harrogate on 20th September the town received their certificate from the Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society. The judges commented on the overall impact of the floral displays in the town centre being impressive. However they felt the town was let down by some high profile businesses not engaging in the competition. Areas for improvement included getting support from the banks – only the HSBC Bank had hanging baskets displayed. The judges felt that with support from the community the town has potential to ‘Go for Gold’. Burnby Hall Gardens who entered the public gardens and stately home section of the competition were again awarded ‘Gold’. The gardens have been really impressive again this year which is a great tribute to Ian Murphy and his team.  Dave Higgins the hairdresser from Garths End received a ‘silver’ and Pocklington Infants School a ‘Silver-Gilt’. The secretary of Pocklington in Bloom, Richard Wood, said that whilst the town strives for gold it was a good result and those helpers were to be congratulated. All those shops and businesses who have exhibited flower displays will be personally thanked for their efforts and urged to continue. The year got off to a really good start when Vic Baines from Danby’s bought the daffodils which were planted on the entry to the town. Other bulbs were bought by a benefactor and were planted on The Mile. This resulted in a really impressive display in spring. The East Riding of Yorkshire Council negotiated sponsorship for both the town roundabouts which have been impressive throughout the season. John Barber is to be congratulated on the displays at the Mile roundabout, underplanting of the street signs and the Memorial Garden at The Post Office. The Cross Keys public house have  had  equally impressive displays this year. The Guides had helped plant out the lamp-post displays and Rotary members have continued to plant daffodils on West Green which all contributed to the overall success.


Ian Murphy receives the Gold Award for Burnby Hall