Monday, 18 April 2011

Blooming marvellous season launches

Picture caption: (top) Sheree Wraith operations and development manager and Lee Lewis Central Services Manager of Ford and Warren solicitors sponsors of Business In Bloom

Above)Paul McCormack, Human Resources director and Tracey Gibbon health and safety administrator of myHermes sponsors of Private Gardens In Bloom and In Bloom Photography Competition

This bank holiday weekend sees the Leeds In Bloom season begin to blossom.

The horticultural competitions, hosted by Leeds City Council, annually bring an explosion of colour to the city and this year is set to be bigger than ever with the addition of a photography competition offering £1000 as top prize.

In celebration of the city’s green spaces amateur photographers can enter pictures taken in a council managed park and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes.

Images can be entered instantly thanks to Leeds City Council’s Facebook page Prizes are provided by parcel delivery service and winning images will also be exhibited in a public space.

Also launching this weekend are the council’s long-running Business and Private Gardens in Bloom competitions.

The Leeds In Bloom Private Garden’s Competition, which is also being sponsored by, sees the search resume for the city’s best kept gardens giving passionate horticulturalist the chance to grab the title of best garden in their area.

Anyone proud of their plot can enter categories – small, medium and large. Running for over a decade it is very hotly contested, free to enter and open to all residents of the city. Entry forms can be downloaded from

The Business in Bloom competition, sponsored by local solicitors Ford and Warren, will help businesses grow by encouraging them to create vibrant floral displays making the city and town centres as visually inviting as parks and green spaces.

Businesses both large and small are being asked to take part and breathe life into their corners of the city. Prizes are awarded for best public house, hotel, office retail park and many more. For more information logon to

Leeds City Council’s deputy elective member for leisure Lisa Mulherin said:

“Every year the In Bloom initiative does a great job in encouraging residents to get out in to their gardens or to create some floral decoration in whatever way they can.

“Their efforts are admirable and do a fantastic job of making our city look so vibrant throughout the summer months.”

Paul McCormack human resources director from myHermes said:

“We’re delighted to support such a great initiative that brings such colour to the city and joy into people’s lives. We wish everyone the best of luck."

Sheree Wraith operations and development manager for Ford and Warren said:

“Every year we throw our support behind the Business in Bloom competition and every year the business community pull out all the stops. We hope this year will be the best yet.”

For more details no how to enter any of the three competitions simply logon to Photos can be submitted to, emailed to or posted to Richard Gill, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds LS12 5HA.


Notes to editor:

• Private Garden and Business In Bloom entry forms should be sent to: Richard Gill, Parks and Countryside Service, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds, LS12 5HA.
• There are three ways of entering the In Bloom photographic competition - email, post and Facebook
- email images to and include name, address and telephone number. Use “In Bloom” as the subject heading
- send images on a disk to Richard Gill, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds LS12 5HA.
- enter at by uploading your image and “tagging” Leeds City Council. Give the image a title and send a private message containing name, address and telephone number
• More details about how to enter all the competitions can be found at and
• Leeds In Bloom is part of the Britain In Bloom initiative and 42 In Bloom groups take part throughout Leeds more than any local authority in the UK
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