Neighbours vie for European title

Yorkshire's Harrogate and Darley to be Britain's entries for Entente Florale 2004

Two neighbouring Britain in Bloom 2003 winners will be vying for international recognition in this year’s Entente Florale competition. Behind the doors of greenhouses, offices and homes in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate and village of Darley volunteers are preparing for the Europe in Bloom event. It is the first time two areas in the same district have been entered for the competition. Harrogate and Darley were invited by the Royal Horticultural Society to submit an entry for the competition. RHS representative Bianca Lapins said: “It’s a great campaign and an honour to enter. To be selected, nominees had to have shown an interest in the competition, be of a standard that judges thought was high enough and ensure that they had the funds to support the entry.” Head of parks and open spaces at Harrogate Borough Council Patrick Kilburn is chairing the group of council staff and volunteers from both Harrogate and Darley who are spearheading the campaign. He commented: “This may be the first time two entrants have come from one area, but nobody can beat our current Entente Florale record. Harrogate was the first winner of the event when it was launched in 1977.” Each country involved in the competition puts forward two representatives, one for the town and one for the village category. A jury then visits the entrants in July and August to make an assessment. A major launch of the bid takes place today (5 February) to explain the programme of events leading up to judging in the summer.

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