Flower fun gets Ripon flourishing

Brenda Anderson with her band of volunteers Carol McIntyre, Gloria Stocks, Trixa Slade, Liz Barron, Craig Scorer (Ripon in Bloom chairman), David Leah, Chris Searle and Jill Wilkinson. (1303172AM2)
Brenda Anderson with her band of volunteers Carol McIntyre, Gloria Stocks, Trixa Slade, Liz Barron, Craig Scorer (Ripon in Bloom chairman), David Leah, Chris Searle and Jill Wilkinson. (1303172AM2)

Ripon is set to look blooming marvellous this Easter as a taskforce of horticulture enthusiasts have completed their city clean-up mission.

Hot on the heels of winning gold in last year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition, organisers of Ripon in Bloom branched out to ensure their success continues to flower when they compete at the national Ripon in Bloom competition this year, with a tidy-up of the city’s flower beds, planting of a wild flower patch and placing of new barrier baskets on Sunday, March 17.

“It managed to stay dry for us on the day which means we got quite a lot done,” said volunteer Brenda Anderson, who has sat on the Ripon in Bloom committee for more than 20 years and is its longest serving member.

“We got quite a good turnout of eight or nine volunteers and the next step for us is working out what route we are going to take the Britain in Bloom judges on in August,” she said.

“It’s all good fun.”

Ripon is one of 80 finalists in the country’s biggest voluntary campaign. It will compete in the Large Towns category.

Mrs Anderson told the Gazette the committee will produce a portfolio of its work before the judges arrive, and spend two and a half hours giving them a thorough tour of the flower displays.