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Skipton businessman David Baxter is Skipton in Bloom champion
8:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Skipton businessman David Baxter was crowned overall champion in the Skipton in Bloom Gardening Competition Awards.
Despite another challenging year for weather, the standard of entries was outstanding.
The awards coincided with the announcement that the town itself had won gold in the Yorkshire in Bloom contest.
Two new categories were introduced – best private courtyard garden, won by June Shadenburg, of New Laithe Close and best school garden, won by Parish Church Primary.
The judging criteria and award structure was changed to bring the town competition into line with RHS events, with awards of gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze.
Mr Baxter was awarded the overall championship, after winning three silver gilts in the private categories and gold and best in category, with his business, Skipton Auto Services.
Coun Robert Heseltine, chairman of Skipton in Bloom, said: “The Skipton Town gardening competition again has attracted entries of exceptional quality.
“Unfortunately not everyone can come first in a competitive environment but we do sincerely recognise that every entry is a tremendous personal achievement for the individual gardeners.”
Looking ahead, vice chairman Sue Warburton said: “2014 will be a very busy year with the Tour de France coming to town.
“Skipton in Bloom would welcome new ideas for floral displays – particularly how we can combine flowers with bikes and wheels – and more volunteers to maintain our displays. Just a spare hour now and then can make a real difference.”
Full results were: private front garden: silver - Patricia Mason, Roughaw Close and George Webster, Princes Drive; silver gilt - David Baxter, Sunmoor Drive, Moira Geldard, Regent Road and Peter Tomkins, North Parade; gold - Robert Chapman, Lytham Gardens, Stephen Lennon, Raikes Road and Phil and Wendy Witten, Moorview Way; best in category – Phil and Wendy Witten.
Private back garden: silver - Rex Geldard, Broughton Road and Billy Robinson, Heather View; silver gilt - David Baxter, Moira Geldard, Michael McQuillan, Burnside Avenue, and Phil and Wendy Witten; gold - Jay Cundell Walker, Toller Court, June Shadenburg, New Laithe Close, and Robert Chapman; best in category – Robert Chapman.
Private courtyard garden: bronze - Patricia Mason and George Webster; silver gilt and best in category - June Shadenburg.
School garden: bronze - Ings Community Primary & Nursery School; silver - Brooklands Community Special School Post 16 Department; gold and best in category - Skipton Parish Church Primary School Business or statutory body display: bronze - Peter Watson Ltd; silver gilt - Skipton District Oddfellows and Walker Foster; gold - Cock & Bottle and Skipton Auto Services; best in category - Skipton Auto Services.
Allotments: Middletown: silver gilt - David Baxter and June Shadenburg; gold - Margaret Benson and Michael McQuillan; best Middletown allotment – Michael McQuillan. Broughton Road: bronze - Rex Geldard; gold - Michael Gallagher and Billy Robinson; best Broughton Road allotment - Billy Robinson Overall champion, the Skipton in Bloom Discretionary award - David Baxter.
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