Bloom judging

Britain in Bloom judges John Woodward and Mel Henley
Britain in Bloom judges John Woodward and Mel Henley

BRITAIN in Bloom judges visited Whitby on Wednesday (10 August) and although the weather threatened to spoil proceedings, they were impressed by what the town had to offer.

Susan Davies, chair of Whitby in Bloom, said: “It all seems to have gone swimmingly, literally.

Britain in Bloom judges and those that made Whitby sparkle

Britain in Bloom judges and those that made Whitby sparkle

“We all got sopping wet, with brollies turned inside out and winds howling around Sneaton Castle, but everywhere we went there were groups of volunteers to meet the judges and explain why the area was important and what they were doing to enhance Whitby.

“The standards of horticulture as well as environment and participation were superb.”

Despite heavy rain, representatives from Whitby in Bloom met the judges at Cross Butts Stables and Restaurant at 8am and climbed the 199 steps, before meeting mayor John Freeman and the staff and friends of the Youth Hostel Association, before starting the tour at 8.30am.

“Judges did seem to be very impressed with what we were able to show them in only the two and a half hours allowed”, said Mrs Davies.

“They commented that ‘the website was very well-presented and if there were prizes for websites then ours would certainly be in the running’.

“Judge John Woodward said that our portfolio was one of the best he had seen, that it was clear, informative and full of information, while judge Mel Henley said that he was impressed by the passion and enthusiasm of the community and the way in which this had come across in my 15-minute presentation.”

Mrs Davies also reserved special praise for the Scarborough Borough Council’ green and clean teams, saying “each man did over and above the call of duty”.

Following the tour of the town the party returned to Pannett Park in the Steam Bus, accompanied by the cheers of crowds of schoolchildren.

She added: “Whitby in Bloom members and their supporters can now take a well-earned breather embarking on another project.

“Thank you very much to everyone who worked so hard.”

The results of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition and gradings will be announced at a ceremony on 25 September in St. Andrews, Scotland.