Fifth gold award in a row for Pannett Park

Friends of Pannett Park celebrate recent success.
Friends of Pannett Park celebrate recent success.

A grand day out at the Yorkshire in Bloom awards at York Racecourse was crowned by a fifth consecutive Yorkshire Rose gold award for Whitby’s Pannett Park.

Everyone connected with Pannett Park was delighted with the gold award, won in the country houses, estates and parks and gardens category.

The judges commented on “the innovative use of old tree stumps for very pleasing chain saw sculptures” and “the retention of the formal areas of the park such as the rose beds have been successfully combined with many less formal areas introduced for either relaxing or promoting an interest in the past as in the Jurassic Garden.”

They described the efforts of the Friends of Pannett Park as a guide and inspiration for others to follow. The continuing success of the park is testament to the enthusiasm of all those involved, it includes those from Scarborough Borough Council and also the Friends of Pannett Park.”

The park also contributed to the Whitby town award, with the judges describing it as “exemplary in its presentation.”

In presenting a silver-gilt award and best small coastal town, judges Steve Bumby and Derek Hargreaves found much to commend.

“A seaside town with many interests to explore and everywhere reminders of its fishing port heritage, sees Whitby today as an often visited tourist destination,” they said.

“The colourful floral displays seen throughout the town, the many hidden yards with their own unique styles, the splendour of Pannett Park and a clear willingness from the wider community to make Whitby the best it can be, made the judges visit a genuine pleasure and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

They particularly enjoyed the work of Tom Mutton, commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council (SBC), hailing the refurbished central bed at Crescent Gardens as a triumph and the sunken garden highlighting the shelling of Whitby during 1914.