'Mirfield in Bloom' set to compete in national competition

'Mirfield in Bloom' set to compete in national competition

GREEN-fingered Mirfield volunteers are celebrating being nominated to represent Yorkshire in the nationwide ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition. 

The Mirfield in Bloom group recorded a clean sweep at the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition in September 2019, after sprucing up numerous grotspots and transforming streets into a riot of colour. 

The group’s volunteers were awarded a prestigious gold medal and to round off a terrific season, the town was recognised with a Yorkshire in Bloom discretionary award for ‘Best Large Community.’ 

Now, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the 70 finalists vying to win the UK’s largest community gardening competition, with Mirfield set to represent Yorkshire in the ‘Large Town’ category. 

Finalists have been put forward for the national competition based on their progress regionally and compete across 11 categories including village, town and coastal. 

Participants will be visited by a pair of RHS officials in August and will be judged on horticultural skills, as well as community and environmental efforts. 

More than 140 organisations and individuals have come together under the Mirfield in Bloom banner, led by a dedicated team of eight. One of the organisers, Christine Sykes, said: “The successes have made all the hard work worthwhile. We worked as a community to achieve this wonderful result and people who had been acquaintances are now friends. Bring on 2020!” 

Preparations are already underway for this year’s competition, with bulbs and trees being planted, hanging baskets ordered and even bridges being painted. 

Entrants have until the end of the month to enter their business, neighbourhood or small open space into the competition. 

For more information on the application process, contact Ruth Edwards on 07840 395096. 

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