Silver gilt award recognises Bloom’s work

TODMORDEN In Bloom volunteers are celebrating after learning they have retained their silver gilt status in this year’s Yorkshire In Bloom competition, which was judged over the summer.

Todmorden received its award in the town category

Jean Butterworth, of the volunteers who have worked so hard all year round to get the town looking its best, said they welcomed the news.

“We are very pleased - in fact we are delighted with that,” said Jean.

“We are a small team but a good team, and we have worked hard and done the business.”

Jean stressed that although it was nice to get an award, it was not the main motivator behind the group’s work - that remained ensuring that Todmorden looked its best.

“The award is an extra motivator, but basically we like to see the town looking good,” she said.

Jean said the awards ceremony itself, held at the Pavilions in Harrogate, was very enjoyable and she encouraged individual groups and people to enter. Todmorden has experienced individual successes in the past, for example Ferney Lee School’s wild garden.

“There are many categories people can enter, from bed and breakfasts to hotels, community groups and so on. If people want to find out more they can log on to Yorkshire In Bloom’s website,” said Jean.

For many years the Todmorden In Bloom team have worked, sometimes in partnership with other groups, to improve the town’s look, with the aim of making it more attractive to townspeople and visitors alike, creating a town that is pleasant to live in or to visit.

In the past they have represented the county in the Britain In Bloom competition, winning a high grading in the process.

You can find out more about Todmorden In Bloom’s work by logging on to its website www.todmorden-in-bloom.btck.co.uk