HUDDERSFIELD traders have been rewarded for keeping the town in full bloom.

And the Central Lodge Hotel was top of the table in this year's Huddersfield In Bloom contest.

At an awards ceremony held at the George Hotel on Thursday owners of businesses and public buildings were praised for their efforts.

Assistant town centre manager Julia Lilof thanked them for their hard work.

She also praised local people for helping Huddersfield take home the silver award in this year's Yorkshire In Bloom competition.

Special mention went to Kirklees Highways, street wardens, Culture and Leisure Services and Paul Marshall and his staff at the council nursery department.

Accolades were handed out in a number of classes, including hotels, pubs, public buildings and shopping centres.

The Huddersfield Central Lodge was named top hotel, won gold in the tidy trader class and was named overall winner.

Owner Joe Marsden and manager Angela Hinchliffe said they were extremely pleased to have won.

Joe said: "We have won a category every year for the last five years, but we have never done so well before.

"We also won the Yorkshire In Bloom silver gilt award, which we are very pleased with.

"We put a lot of effort into it. It's not just about floral displays as you also have to consider things like maintenance and keeping the place tidy.

"This year we tried something different and introduced new varieties of plants, like lavenders.

"We put these in windowboxes outside guests' bedrooms because they help people to sleep.

"We also let guests participate and left watering cans in their rooms!

"I am delighted at how well everyone else has done as well, as their work has benefited the whole town."

Gift shop Strawberry Fair was won the best large commercial property section and gold for tidy trader.

Irene Vincent and Elsie Smith, of Strawberry Fair, said they were pleasantly surprised.

Irene said: "It is nice to know that we are appreciated. We put a lot of work into it."

Huddersfield Methodist Mission won silver in the tidy trader class and came second in the public building category.

The town centre's workplace chaplain, the Rev Gill Atkinson- Heck, and mission steward Pat Mudd collected the awards.

Gill said: "It is lovely to have won. We work to keep the place looking nice all the time, not just for the competition.

"It is important for the town to look good so that people want to come here."

After the event Mrs Lilof said: "I am really pleased with the standard. We keep improving every year. People have put in a lot of effort in this year.

" We had 300 hanging baskets in the town, and most of them were bought by the private sector.

"Every year we are looking for more people to take part in Yorkshire In Bloom. We will be going for gold next year!"

Roll of (floral) honour:


1 The Huddersfield Central Lodge, 2 The George.

Public houses

1 The Commercial, 2 The County, 3 The Head of Steam.

Large commercial

1 Strawberry Fair, 2 Chadwick Lawrence, 3 Thatchers.

Small commercial

1 Term Time Wear, 2 McNulty Funeral Services, 3 Merrie England.

Public buildings

1 Alfred Street Car Park, 2 Huddersfield Methodist Mission and St Peter's Church.

Shopping centre

1 The Piazza, 2 Ramsden House, 3 Kingsgate

Neighbourhood Station Street

Cinderella At Le bonnet, Urban escape, Baxter Caulfield, Chadwick Lawrence.

Out of town commercial

1 Lightcliffe Motors, 2 John Shaws, 3 DJ Screens.

Out of town public houses

1 The Star, 2 Croppers Arms, 3 Railway.

Overall winner

Huddersfield Central Lodge.

Tidy trader awards Bronze

Sykes & Associates, Eddisons, Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors, Robert Calvin, Alfred Street car park, Half Moon Health Foods.


Anna Giraud Opticians, Huddersfield Methodist Mission, Robert Lumley, Shaw & Hallas, Simply Lighting, Huddersfield Parish Church, Boultons, Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield Tourist Information, Eaton Smith, Urbanescape, Stafflex, The George Hotel, Barrett Business Machines, Evos, Early Learning Centre, Jon Lawrence International Hair Design, The Market Tavern.


Mark Riley, Central Lodge, Strawberry Fair, Term Time Wear, Beaverbrooks, Cinderella At Le Bonnet, Piazza, McNulty Funeral Services, Footprint.