A TOWN centre shopping centre has been praised for its floral displays.
Staff at the Piazza in Huddersfield are hoping that their colourful displays of hanging baskets, floral troughs and tubs will earn them a gold award in the 2008 Yorkshire in Bloom competition.
The contest awards prizes for floral excellence and cleanliness to towns and villages, retail centres, schools, colleges and businesses.
Piazza general manager John Beardall welcomed Yorkshire in Bloom judge Paul Kitson to assess the displays, which featured 31 hanging baskets, 18 half-barrels of flowers and three large triple-tier planters.
Said Mr Beardall: “The judge said it was an absolute pleasure to see the displays. He said the centre was of a very high standard and asked me to pass on his congratulations to the staff.”
Now shopping centre staff must wait until the winners of the competition are announced next month.
Sir John Harman, chairman of the Environment Agency and a former leader of Kirklees Council, was at the judging session in his capacity as a Huddersfield Ambassador.
The Piazza also got messages of support from town centre organisations, including Huddersfield Civic Society and the Examiner.
During the judging prizes were presented to the winners of a competition for pupils at Spring Grove School, Springwood, which was organised to tie-in with the Yorkshire in Bloom entry.
The Piazza won a silver gilt award in the 2007 contest, when judges commented positively on the quality of hanging baskets, recycling and cleanliness.
This year every store on the Piazza displayed a Going for Gold sticker to show traders’ support for the Yorkshire in Bloom bid.