Harrogate district in bloom groups

Yorkshire in Bloom is a charity and is our regional body representing the Britain in Bloom campaign which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS encourages all communities to get involved to help create safer, cleaner and greener local environments.

It's not just about planting flowers, the main themes are horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. The Yorkshire in Bloom competition is assessed by local judges, then five of the best groups are invited to represent Yorkshire in the RHS national Britain in Bloom finals the following year. Some groups enter the competition and others choose not to enter but just want to keep their neighbourhood looking clean and beautiful.

We have listed all the In Bloom groups in the Harrogate district and the competition results from 2019.

Birstwith in Bloom
A very active and keen group who achieved a gold award last year in Yorkshire in Bloom, they only enter the competition alternate years (village category).

Brighter Boroughbridge and district
The group re-formed in 2012 and entered Yorkshire in Bloom in the It's your Neighbourhood category and have gradually improved from developing to thriving, and for the past four years they have achieved a silver gilt award consistently (small town category).

Darley in Bloom
A large and very successful group regularly achieving a gold award in any competition. Darley have been national, champion of champions and Entente Florale winners in previous years. Darley in Bloom do not compete at present (large village category).

Hampsthwaite in Bloom
A successful group run by a small committee with many local supporters. They currently don't enter the competition (large village category).

Harrogate in Bloom
A very successful group who always enter the competition and have previously been winners locally, nationally and in Europe. They have achieved a gold award and category winner many times in both Yorkshire in Bloom and Britain in Bloom (large town/small city category).

Kirkby Malzeard in Bloom
A small but determined group which ensures the village is maintained to high standards. They have achieved a gold award and category winner in both Yorkshire in Bloom and Britain in Bloom. They don't compete at present (village category).

Knaresborough in Bloom
A successful and enthusiastic group, striving for the best. They have achieved a gold award and category winner in Yorkshire in Bloom various times. They always enter the competition (large town category).

Ripon in Bloom
An enthusiastic group who always maintain the city to a high standard. In 2013, they represented Yorkshire in the national Britain in Bloom competition achieving a silver award. They have chosen not to enter the competition in recent years but they are hoping to enter next year (large town category).

Sawley in Bloom
A small but keen and enthusiastic group, they currently don't enter the competition (small village category).

Spofforth with Stockeld in Bloom
A very enthusiastic group who always enter the competition and look forward to producing results. Spofforth have achieved a gold award and category winner in both Yorkshire and Britain in Bloom competitions several times (village category).

Starbeck in Bloom
A very active and successful group always achieving top results. They have entered Yorkshire in Bloom achieving a gold award and category winner many times and have been awarded silver gilt in Britain in Bloom several times (urban community category).

If you would like to join a group, or form a new In Bloom group, please contact us at community@harrogate.gov.uk. Both the RHS Britain in Bloom and Yorkshire in Bloom websites are very informative for anyone interested in joining or starting an In Bloom group.

Competition results

The 2020 In Bloom competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic but many of our groups have continued to keep their neighbourhood looking clean and beautiful as well as following government guidelines.

Britain in Bloom 2019:

Small city - Harrogate achieved a gold award
Large village - Pateley Bridge achieved a gold award
Community champion - Catherine Baxter, Harrogate
Young champion - James Owen Thomas, Pateley Bridge

Yorkshire in Bloom 2019:

Village - Birstwith achieved a gold award and Spofforth achieved a gold award (category winner)
Large village - Brighter Boroughbridge and district achieved a silver gilt award
Best overall village - Spofforth
Urban community - Starbeck achieved a silver gilt award in Spring and a gold award in Summer
Large town - Knaresborough achieved a gold award
Parks, gardens and cemeteries - Knaresborough House achieved a gold award, Ripon Spa Gardens achieved a platinum award and Ginny Greenholes, Spofforth achieved a platinum award
Tourist attractions - Knaresborough Castle achieved a gold award, Himalayan Garden, Ripon achieved a gold award (joint category winner), Newby Hall and Gardens achieved a gold award and Ripon Racecourse achieved a gold award
It's Your Neighbourhood - Dishforth Community Garden Project - thriving, Friends of Hell Wath, Ripon - advancing, Ginny Greenholes, Spofforth - outstanding, Millennium Garden, Spofforth - outstanding, Ripon Workhouse Garden - outstanding, Stonefall Park, Harrogate - outstanding and Woodlands Community Garden, Harrogate - outstanding
Medium business - Hollins Hall, Hampsthwaite achieved a gold award (category winner) and West Park Hotel, Harrogate achieved a silver gilt award
Large business - Nidd Hall, Harrogate achieved a gold award (joint category winner) and Rudding Park, Harrogate achieved a gold award
Best overall business - Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, Ripon (joint category winner)