Malton In Bloom (MIB) 2018 has been a huge success and been rewarded with Gold from Yorkshire In Bloom (YIB). In addition, YIB presented MIB with the discretionary award of Yorkshire Rose Commercial Entry Supporting the Community – given to the entry that demonstrates best working partnership between a Bloom group and its business community.
The judges were full of praise for the quality of the seasonal planting and the efforts to involve a wide range of groups, individuals and commercial enterprises – especially as this is only MIB’s second year.
YIB judging took in Malton’s market place to see the formal displays, the impressive work carried out at the garden of St Michael’s Church, and an outstanding display by Malton Flower Club in the old Town Hall. Also visited was St Leonard’s Garden (Old Maltongate). In 2017 one half of this neglected garden was dug over and planted up but work in 2018 by Malton WI and Frack Free Ryedale has seen the entire site transformed in to a real community asset. The prominent area around the railway station, bus station and doctor’s surgery was taken in too. Once again Railway Street bridge has been festooned by a spectacular display of planters. The railway station has been a welcoming site thanks to work by Derwent Diggers, Malton and Norton Tidy Group and Transpennine Express – building on the work of last year. New for 2018 has been the bus station where Malton and District Beekeepers Association, in conjunction with Coastliner (Transdev) and the Tidy Group, have planted up neglected but prominent flower beds.
The formal town displays have consisted of thousands of plants and this has included over 200 hanging baskets put up by local businesses, Malton Town Council, and the initiative run by Malton Community Interest Company (Malton CIC – Fitzwilliam Estate). In addition, railing planters have adorned a number of prominent entrance points to the town (Castle Howard Road/York Road junction, Horsemarket Road, and the two bridges linking Malton and Norton-on-Derwent) and colourful containers and window boxes have been put in place by town centre businesses and residents.
The exceptionally warm and dry weather was a real challenge for all those involved with MIB 2018. Whilst the formal displays were regularly watered under a contract and by the groundsmen of Malton Town Council, volunteers have been hard at work watering and tending the plants in the public open spaces.
The supportive work of Malton and Norton Tidy Group was commented on by the judges. In 2018 the Group has picked over 350 bags of litter, plus debris from across the community.
MIB is interested in hearing from individuals, community groups and clubs that would like to be involved. Details can be found at www.maltoninbloom.co.uk.