Our region is on top when it comes to floral beauty

The display outside Barnsley Town Hall
The display outside Barnsley Town Hall

It’s blooming lovely in South Yorkshire. And now accolades have been handed out and will be proudly displayed across the region to prove it.

Parks, pubs, schools, charities, community spaces and even shopping centres in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster have won awards. There were more than 30 winners from South Yorkshire, with 15 in Sheffield.

Judges from Yorkshire in Bloom, who have been roaming the region in search of colourful displays and flourishing flowers, said many entrants had celebrated the Tour de France and the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom.

Many schemes were recognised in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category, where entries were given one of five ratings, from establishing to outstanding.

Friends of Holme Lane Community Garden, Hillsborough, was rated as thriving, as was High Green in Bloom and Robert Street Allotments in Barnsley.

Paul Martin, a member of the gardening team at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield, was named as one of only three community champions in Yorkshire. He also tends the grounds of St John’s Church in Deepcar in his spare time.

Burncross, High Green Methodist Church, St John’s Church, Deepcar, Sheffield Forgemasters, Richmond Park, Wisewood Community Primary School, Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and the University of Sheffield all struck gold in Sheffield.

A joint discretionary award was given to Grenoside War Memorial.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure said: “Congratulations to all who gained awards at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

“A lot of hard work went into achieving such excellent results and their efforts have certainly contributed towards making Sheffield such a green city and a great place to live.”

In Rotherham, winners included Flanderwell Gardening Club which was awarded a silver gilt, while in Doncaster, Travis Gardening Club secured a gold.

In Barnsley, 13 awards where handed out including gold recognition in the city centre award for the second successive year.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council cabinet spokesman for development, environment and culture, said: “As we continue through this period of economic hardship for both Barnsley residents and the council itself, the fact that officers and community groups are still working hard to make Barnsley beautiful makes these awards even more worthwhile.

“There are some spectacular areas of the borough and the judges’ comments make me proud to live and work in Barnsley. Thanks go out to everyone involved.”

South Yorkshire winners

Villages, communities and towns

Bradfield – silver

Burncross – gold

Grenoside – silver

Public, private and charitable establishments

High Green Methodist Church – gold

St John Church – gold

Public houses and restaurants

University Arms, Sheffield – silver gilt

City centre award

Barnsley – gold

Charitable organisations

High Green Methodist Church – gold

St John Church, Deepcar – gold

Barnsley Hospice – gold

Large hotels

Tankersley Manor – silver gilt

Country houses, parks and gardens

Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve – gold

Cannon Hall and Country Park – silver gilt

Public open spaces – friends of groups

Richmond Park – gold

Churchfields Peace Gardens – gold

Carlton Marsh Nature Reserve – gold

Friends of Monk Bretton Park – silver gilt

Friends of Thurnscoe Park – silver

It’s your Neighbourhood

Crookes Community Forum – developing

Friends of Holme Lane Community Garden – thriving

High Green in Bloom – thriving

Cudworth Environmental Group – developing

Hellaby Gardening Group – developing

Robert Street Allotments – thriving

Discretionary awards

Permanent landscaping – Barnsley Pals Centenary Square

Memorials – Grenoside War Memorial, joint winner

Young people’s award

Wisewood Community Primary School – gold

Flanderwell GC, Rotherham – silver gilt

Oxspring Primary School – silver gilt

Queens Road Academy – bronze

Travis Gardening Club, Doncaster – gold

Universities, colleges and education establishment

University of Sheffield – gold

Shopping centres and retail parks

Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and Retail Park

Community champion award

Paul Martin, Sheffield