Silver streak of growing success

Silver Gilt: Todmorden In Bloom volunteers ready for the summer judging this July
Silver Gilt: Todmorden In Bloom volunteers ready for the summer judging this July

Local groups devoted to making their towns and villages pleasant places to live are celebrating this week after the Yorkshire In Bloom awards for 2015 were revealed.

In the Town category, Todmorden In Bloom’s team of volunteers learned their efforts had earned a Silver Gilt award, continuing success which has seen them represent the county in the national Britain In Bloom awards in the past.

With more than a decade of service to their community, they continue to introduce new ways of encouraging people to join in and take pride in their surroundings, with the annual well-established Todmorden In Bloom garden competition - judged in the summer - being joined in 2015 by the town’s first Open Gardens event.

Also successful, this time in the Yorkshire In Bloom Open Spaces section, were the Friends of Todmorden Railway Station, whose efforts have seen them receive a Silver award.

The Friends’ work has seen flowers and shrubs planted around the station’s platforms, including the historic railway porter’s cart which is dedicated to the memory of Todmorden rail enthusiast Steven Cryer. Refurbished earlier this year by Steven’s family, it provides a bright and colourful welcome to travellers using the Manchester platform.

Planting and growing work at the station, which has also included herb tubs, is complemented by initiatives such as the book exchange available in the ticket office waiting room.

In the Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood section, there was also success for the efforts of the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership team, with Mytholmroyd Station and neighbourhood being rated as “outstanding.”

The group is also exploring the possibility of restoring the old station building if it is feasible and this week also received news that investment by the West Yorkshire Transport Fund to increase the amount of parking spaces available at what is a busy village commuter station has moved a step closer.