Malton in Bloom Press Release
It’s official, Malton in Bloom earned the prestigious Silver Gilt Award in the 2017 Yorkshire in Bloom RHS competition for Malton. No other entry in class did better than Malton! Judges, Jo Birch and Paul Martin visited Malton in July. The tour of Malton’s floral displays was hosted by Paul Andrews, Malton’s Mayor and Christopher Turner. Volunteers from Malton Flower Club, Derwent Diggers, Malton and Norton Tidy Group, Malton WI, Malton and Norton Lions, friends of St. Michael’s Church, Malton School and Tate Smith Ltd were available to talk to the judges on the day. The awards ceremony was hosted at York Race Course and was attended by over 450 participants representing North, East and South Yorkshire. Gail Cook, Malton’s Town Clerk and Elizabeth Parlett Rhodes, MiB volunteer, represented Malton’s entry. The awards were presented by Lady Emma Ingliby, known for her keen interest in horticulture. Malton’s entry was judged on community involvement (30%), environment (30%) and horticulture (40%), securing 78 points out of a maximum 100. Judge Jo Birch commented ‘The community in Malton have really pulled together under the In bloom banner and are making incredible in roads to enhancing and improving their busy market town…we were impressed with the blaze of colour…support from local businesses, Malton Town Council, Norton Town Council, Streetscene and the Fitzwilliam Estate are to be commended…while giving consideration to the choice of plants for pollinators…Malton is transforming it’s street scene. We were impressed with the developments at the War Memorial Garden and the involvement of the Royal Air Cadets, the flower girls, WI and Malton and Norton Tidy Group…making this area a focal point at the entrance to the town. Well done to Malton in Bloom’s first time entry…they are definitely one to watch…we understand as a first entry Malton in Bloom wanted to ‘dip your toe in’ … but after seeing what Malton has to offer and the sound introduction presentation at the start, we feel this is definitely a main competition entry for the future.’ Malton in Bloom’s success would not be possible without support from Malton Town Council, Street Scene and Norton Town Council along with sponsors, businesses and volunteers. Work has already started for the winter season, with planning for summer 2018 well underway. If you would like to get involved or learn more visit Malton in Bloom on Facebook, Twitter or via their website www.maltoninbloom.co.uk.
Take a look at this video prepared by Nick Fletcher - For Yorkshire in Bloom Judging in July.
Further down you'll find what's been written about Malton in Bloom.
STOP PRESS! Listen to Elizabeth & Chris talking with BBC Radio York's Julia Foster on Sunday 13th August
Our latest update in the July issue of Handymag.
The 'team' setting out on their first town tour to start the planning process for Malton in Bloom
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