THE hard work of Shadwell in Bloom volunteers has been rewarded with a prestigious prize in a national competition run by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The Silver Gilt award in the large villages category of the Britain in Bloom awards was collected by Shadwell in Bloom chairman Norman Taylor at a ceremony held in St Andrews, in Scotland, on Sunday.
“We thought it was absolutely brilliant. We had set our sights set on a Silver so winning a Silver Gilt was excellent,” he said.
The Britain in Bloom judges visited Shadwell in August and assessed the village on three key criteria – horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.
“I think the community involvement was very important in that we are not just about flower beds and hanging baskets,” said Mr Taylor.
“We are a DIY group too – we’ve done fencing at the Scout hut and school, as well as things like tree-planting and hedge-planting in the village.”
Mr Taylor said Shadwell in Bloom had the full backing of the parish council and received help from many in the community.
“There are lots of people who have contributed to this success,” he said.
Other initiatives in Shadwell include a compost recycling scheme located by the village’s allotments, a litter-picking group, and teaming-up with Leeds City Council workers to keep grass verges tidy.
Shadwell was chosen to represent the county in Britain in Bloom after its success in last year’s regional Yorkshire in Bloom contest when the village scooped a Gold award and best-in-category in the large villages section.
Other large villages taking part in the Britain in Bloom competition were Broughshane in Northern Ireland which won a Gold award and was the category winner, Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria (Silver), Donington in the East Midlands (Silver), Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire (Silver), Warkworth in Northumbria (Silver Gilt), and Cemaes Bay in Wales (Silver).