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Blooming Success for Harrogate District

11th September 2015

Categories: News

Everything in the garden’s rosy in Harrogate district – and that’s official, as the area yesterday (Tuesday 8 September) walked away with over 20 accolades at the annual Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

2015 has produced another golden haul with towns, villages and schemes from across the district coming away with category wins and awards:


  • Knaresborough House: GOLD in the Public, Private and Charitable Establishments category
  • Knaresborough Castle: GOLD and Category Winner in the Visitor Attraction category
  • Aspin Pond, Knaresborough: GOLD in the Open Spaces category 
  • Starbeck in Bloom: Urban Communities GOLD
  • Kirkby Malzeard in Bloom: GOLD and Category Winner in the Village category
  • Harrogate in Bloom: GOLD and Category Winner in the large town/small city category
  • Brighter Boroughbridge & District: ‘Thriving’ – the second highest accolade in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category
  • Millennium Green, Spofforth: – Open Spaces PLATINUM (higher than Gold)  
  • Ginny Greenholes, Spofforth: Open Spaces PLATINUM (higher than Gold)
  • Ripon Workhouse Garden: ‘Outstanding’ – the highest accolade in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category
  • Woodlands Community Gardens, Harrogate: ‘Outstanding’- the highest accolade in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category, and a judges’ discretionary Community Champion Award
  • Horticap: Public, Private and Charitable Establishment Silver Gilt
  • Ripon Racecourse: Visitor Attraction GOLD
  • Moorside Infants’ School, Ripon: GOLD in the Children’s School Category
  • Nidd Hall, Knaresborough: GOLD and Category Winner in the Hotel category; also the judges’ discretionary Wildlife Award
  • Rudding Park Hotel: GOLD in the Hotel category

Councillor Michael Harrison, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, is delighted with the district’s success.  He said:

“Harrogate’s floral reputation is second to none and the town and surrounding areas rely heavily on it as a tourist attraction so these accolades are very important – and very welcome."

So make sure you capture these beautiful displays and all our other fantastic gardens when visiting Harrogate District. 

Knaresborough Castle Floral Display

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