Walter Stockdale shows judges his allotment plot


Pupils proudly show their vegetables


Judges at Pocklington School

On Tuesday 17th July Yorkshire in Bloom judges, Paul Kitson and Leslie Hutchinson returned to Pocklington to assess the town’s entry in the town section of the competition. The visit commenced at Burnby Hall Gardens where staff from the East Riding Council’s waste disposal section outlined the substantial effort the county puts into recycling. A visit was then made to Pocklington Infants School where pupils welcomed the judges and proudly showed them their new sensory garden together with the vegetables they were growing. (The following day they entered the vegetable growing section of Driffield Show and gained 2nd prize). A visit was then made to the allotments on The Mile where they were shown a plot cultivated by Walter Stockdale which they were most impressed with. David Higgins the hairdresser from Garths End had entered the business section of the competition but because of ill health had to withdraw. Judges were interested to hear he was on the road to recovery. A visit was then made to Southfield Road on the Sherbuttgate Estate where judges presented the winner of the front garden competition with a certificate and rosebowl. A brief call was then made to Pocklngton School where Paul Wright the head gardener showed them the site. Of particular interest was an elm tree which they were growing which had been specifically bred to be resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. The visit ended at Burnby Hall Gardens where the judges met with other ‘In Bloom’ members. We had a really good visit which was demonstrarted at the awards ceremony at York Racecourse in September when the town was awarded a Silver-Gilt certificate.  We will try even harder next year to achieve the coverted gold award.


The winner of the front garden competition


Pocklington In Bloom members