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Yorkshire in Bloom award success

19 September 2007

Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) picked up a bronze accolade in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition...despite its initial display being washed away in the floods.

The Brightside Lane based company had turned swathes of its 64 acre site into a floral wonderland and planted more than 4,000 plants to transform sections of the site to tidy up the site and enter the regional competition.

The whole display was destroyed by the floods on June 25 but hard work and determination by Dave Green, group environment director at Forgemasters and his team, brought the site back up to award-winning standard before the judging took place.

And the effort was rewarded with a bronze honour in the business premises category after Sheffield City Council officials commended the green efforts made by the management to revitalise sections of the plant wiped out by the floods - including rebuilding and restocking the ornamental pond.

Dave said: "Despite months of effort, creativity, cost and imagination being washed away in the flood only days before the competition, we worked hard to restore what we could before judging took place.

"The workforce took real ownership of the planted areas and it gave everyone here a sense of pride in the company to help build the gardens back up to what they were before the floods. The Yorkshire in Bloom award has made all the hard work seem worthwhile."

Cllr Steve Jones, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, added: "The efforts and determination to proceed with the competition entry after the floods was an inspiration to all."

Officials from Yorkshire in Bloom visited Forgemasters in July and judged the site on criteria including impact and overall presentation, standard of horticulture, special floral features, staff involvement, floral displays, permanent landscaping and environmental factors.

Yorkshire in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom competition in North, South, East and West Yorkshire, North and North-East Lincolnshire.