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Cayton retains Britain in Bloom award despite plant attacks
Scarborough. Copyright: Scarborough Borough Council
Scarborough's floral displays produced a Gold Award for the resort

The village of Cayton has triumphed in Britain in Bloom despite a spate of attacks on the village's floral displays earlier this summer.

Cayton took the Silver Gilt award in the large village category.

There was also success for Scarborough, who won the Gold Award in the large coastal category.

Hunmanby and Harrogate also received recognition in the annual competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society

Speaking about Scarborough's triumph, Councillor David Jeffels, Chairman of Scarborough in Bloom, said it was a great success for the town:

"It is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by scores of volunteer groups led by the council's Parks and Countryside team, as well as many businesses and individual residents that have provided Scarborough with such wonderful colourful displays."

"This success sends out a marvellous message locally and nationally that Scarborough is the place to live, visit and invest in. It is of considerable benefit to the town's economy, especially in these difficult financial times."

Tremendous effort

Roger Burnett, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges and Scarborough Council's Parks and Countryside Manager, praised the tremendous efforts everyone had put in this year. He said:

Scarborough in Bloom. Copyright: Scarborough Borough Council
This year's competition saw success for three east coast communities

"2010 will go down in the history of the borough as the first time three east coast entries represented Yorkshire in the national finals.

"I am immensely proud to be associated with so many dedicated people who are passionate about improving their environment.

"Being at the awards and seeing all three local communities gain national recognition was a great privilege and the atmosphere when the results were announced was electric."

Malicious attacks

Cayton's Silver Gilt award, in the large village category, is especially welcome after the village was hit by a spate of malicious attacks during the summer, when a number of plants were poisoned.

It appeared to be a deliberate attempt to scupper the village's chances in the competition.

Hunmanby's Silver Gilt came in its first attempt in the small town category. Harrogate also received a Silver Gilt in the Champion of Champions category.

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