On Thursday 9th April Sheila Johnson and Pat Brockway judges for the Yorkshire in Bloom competition visited Pocklington on their spring visit.  Although it was cloudy the rain held off sufficiently to allow the judges to see the town’s spring flowers at their best.  Thanks go to all the Pocklington in Bloom members who made sure all the displays were up to standard.  Particular thanks should go to John and Una Barber who work tirelessly in creating new displays throughout the town.  The highspots of the visit were the magnificent Memorial Gardens in Grape Lane, the display Simply Books had made in her shop window, the daffodil planting by the Local Rotary Club on West Green and the Infants School gardening club.  The visit ended at Burnby Hall Gardens where the judges were shown round by Ian Murphy the head gardener.

The same judges revisit the town on 14th July for the summer section of the competition. This years awards ceremony is being held at Bridlington Spa in September.  It is hoped as many businesses in the town will support the effort by displaying hanging baskets.  The ‘In Bloom committee’ have agreed to give a £5 discount on baskets put out by the smaller retailers to try to encourage them to takepart.

A front garden competition is again being held the details of which wll be announced shortly.


Gill Campbell headteacher of the Infants School


Ken Squirrell meets with the judges