The origins of Barwick-in-Elmet stretch back over 2000 years with Iron Age settlers on the site known as Hall Tower Hill. In more recent times agriculture and mining were of major importance and whilst the rural heritage has been retained Barwick-in-Elmet is now very much a commuter village for Leeds and he surrounding areas. The village has a good mix of newer housing set around the older streets and lanes amongst rolling countryside.
Barwick-in-Elmet’s most famous land mark is our Maypole standing in the village centre. At 86 feet(26.21m) it is the tallest in the country and weighs in at more than 3 tons.
About Barwick in Bloom
Formed over 20 years ago our original goal has not wavered we aim to keep the village looking attractive, neat, tidy and acceptably manicured, whilst retaining its rural nature.
We receive tremendous support from local business people, residents and other village organizations for which we are extremely grateful and sincerely hope that the benefit is mutual.
We raise all our own funds by organizing concerts, social events, our annual open gardens day and by canvassing sponsors and grants and by gratefully accepting donations and legacies. All of the money raised is spent in the village, providing shrubs and plants, trees of all sizes, summer baskets and trough displays. We have an excellent, mutually beneficial, relationship with the local authority both at Parish and City council level which has led to us completing some very successful and ambitious long term projects.
Our team of volunteer gardenersmeet every week and anyone is welcome – it’s good exercise and good fun. Both the village churches have separate teams of helpers who are dedicated to keeping the church grounds, of more than 4 acres, to a very high standard.
Over the years we have won gold awards nine times in Yorkshire in Bloom and have been nominated for Britain in Bloom five times achieving gold on the two most recent occasions. Both churches have also received gold for their excellent work.
What we do?
Barwick in Bloom is responsible for maintaining some 35 floral beds around the village some with permanent planting others with annuals. In addition we look after numerous troughs and planters, around 80 hanging baskets, several acres of grassed, wildlife and wild flower areas, 4 community gardens including our newly planted orchard and 4 entrance beds.
We have planted over six tons of naturalising Daffodils, more than 10,000 crocuses and many thousands of snowdrops. Spring now greets us with several miles of colourful verges and grassed areas.
On a less glamorous note we mow grass, litter pick, leaf clear, stream dredge, repair walls, clear sight lines and lay paths.
Details of some of our more prominent beds and areas are detailed here.