YORKSHIRE in Bloom judging took place at Pannett Park in Whitby on Wednesday (13 July), as the Friends waited to see if all their hard work had paid off.
Borough councillor Joe Plant spent the day before the judging hard at work with the Friends of Pannett Park, preparing the gardens for the judge’s visit.
“We are positive, excited and nervous, all rolled into one,” he said.
“It’s been hard work, and I think it’s going to be the jewel in the crown for Whitby.
“It’s the first time we have entered the park separately, so fingers crossed.”
Judge Richard Hibbert knows what it’s like to win these contests, having been a member of a village team that won the prestigious European award, the Entente Florale.
He said: “We look for community participation, floral displays, a high standard of maintenance and horticulture, a litter free environment, no vandalism, and there’s a huge emphasis on recycling.
“I’ve been here several times and Whitby is very good.
“I came to Stakesby School last year and it was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.”
Coun Plant added that by promoting the park, they are also promoting Whitby as a whole and as a tourist destination.
He said: “I really am very proud of the Friends and all the hard work they put in.
“People should be very grateful for what they are actually doing for the town.”
On Saturday 23 July the Friends of Pannett Park will be hosting a special event in the newly renovated Pannett Park.
It will have a ‘garden party’ theme and ladies are invited to wear suitably impressive hats to add to the general atmosphere of elegance and gentility.
The event will run from 1pm until 4pm and is intended as a calm and relaxing time allowing people to enjoy the park and its views with some simple diversions.
These will include ‘take away’ afternoon teas provided by the museum cafe and a jazz band will be playing on the museum terrace.
Activities will be included for adults and children, including a treasure hunt.