Judges descend on bloomin’ Barwick

Barwick in Bloom Judging
Barwick in Bloom Judging

THIS week it was Barwick in Elmet’s turn to welcome Yorkshire in Bloom judges.

Barwick in Bloom volunteers John Botterill and Greta Pierce escorted judges Christine Stewart and Shirley Fawcett around the village on Monday.

It was the judges’ second visit to Barwick this year, as they also carried out the spring appraisal.

Geoff Yapp, secretary of Barwick in Bloom, said they were especially impressed by the Jubilee Gardens, behind the Methodist Church. Planting in this area has created a natural and tranquil garden.

The judges also visited the churchyard of All Saints’ Church, which won Gold in last year’s competition, and called at Barwick Primary School to see the garden which pupils maintain with guidance from Barwick in Bloom volunteer Peter Williams.

Barwick’s three pubs also came under the judges’ scrutiny as the Black Swan, the Gascoigne Arms and the New Inn are all bidding for a Yorkshire in Bloom award.

Geoff told the Wetherby News: “Despite the weather the village looked brilliant, reflecting the tremendous effort put in by our volunteers.”

He stressed that their work, year round in all weathers, was not primarily in pursuit of awards. “More importantly,” he said, “it’s to keep the village looking lovely for residents and visitors throughout the year.”

Yorkshire in Bloom awards will be announced on September 20 at a ceremony in Harrogate.