Elland honours its garden-loving community

Awards for residents and schools that help the town bloom

Elland is looking bloomin’ lovely and the people behind it have been honoured.

The Elland and District Partnership (EDP) rewarded those who use their gardening skills.

Mayor of Calderdale and Elland ward member Clr Pat Allen handed out the prizes.

Cross Lane Primary School were named the winners of the decorated wheelbarrow competition and the decorated ‘Le Tour’ bicycle competition.

The judges described the wheelbarrow as “wonderful” adding: “All credit to the staff and children for this wonderful wheelbarrow display, that had so much work involved depicting a lone cyclist travelling from Elland to Greetland.”

The school also decorated a bicycle with a willow cyclist donned with a flat cap and Yorkshire pudding pedals for their Le Tour competition.

Cross Lane school won a framed certificate and £50 for each of their wins.

The overall winner of the best kept garden was Ron Ingram with the judges saying: “The plants filled this garden to overflowing, but amazingly Mr Ingram still had two greenhouses full of bedding plants waiting to be planted out.

“Ron is obviously a very keen gardener, a craftsman who knows what he wants and how to achieve it.”

The runner up was Geoffrey Poulter, who also tends to the beds in a communal area for all to enjoy.

The EDP is a group of residents who work to secure the environmental, social and economic well-being of the area.

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