K'o in Bloom


Cumbria in Bloom Gold Award 2013, 14, 15, 16


Mixed news


The village has slipped. But not far. The award was silver gilt - and actually a high one at that.


We won the Friends of the Lake District Trophy for the best sustainable development ( the orchard and wildlife area) and were awarded a rose bowl.


The orchard and wildlife area also won an Outstanding award in the It's Your Neighbourhood Awards. We were actually given 99 marks out of 100.


As a result we have been awarded a National Certificate of Distinction by the Royal Horticultural Society.


All in all an excellent result. Well Done to everyone and thank you for all your efforts



Kirkoswald in Bloom - our history 2010 onwards


Information about Kirkoswald's entry into Royal Horticultural Society Cumbria in Bloom Competition and the Britain in Bloom competition.


2010 Our first entry into the Cumbria in Bloom competition after some years standing down. Royal Horticultural Society Silver Award.


2011 Kirkoswald winners of the Eden District Council Trophy for "The Most Improved in Year" and a Silver Gilt Award.


2012 Runners up for Best Village with a Silver Gilt Award. Crown Inn and the Fetherston Arms jointly won The Lakeland Trophy: Best Commercial Premises in Cumbria.


2013 We won Best Village with two Gold Awards from RHS Cumbria in Bloom.

Kirkoswald won four main prizes:

  • The Strikes, Houghton Hall Trophy in the Best Village Category, Gold Award
  • The Kimberley Clark Trophy in the Best Village Overall, Gold Award
  • The Lakeland Trophy for Best Commercial Premises - The Fetherston Arms
  • The County Chairman's Rose Bowl for Industry - The Ravenbridge Stores, Community Shop Kirkoswald

We were also runners up in another five categories:

  • The Doreen Parsons Young Person's Trophy for best project / effort by youngsters - Kirkoswald School After School Club
  • The Provincial Insurance Trophy for Churchyards - Kirkoswald Methodist Chapel
  • The Continental Landscapes Trophy, Special Category - Millie Bank Environmental Project –Kirkoswald Environmental Group
  • The SLC Trophy Tidy Village (Large) – Kirkoswald
  • And finally joint runner up The Friends of the Lake District Trophy for Best Sustainable Development – Kirkoswald Environmental Group


2014 We also won a Gold Award in Cumbria in Bloom. We also won a Silver Gilt Award in the Britain in Bloom competition.


2015 We entered in the Cumbria in Bloom Competition and Britain in Bloom. We won a Gold Award in Cumbria in Bloom. We also won a Silver Gilt Award in the Britain in Bloom competition.













September 2015


Gold Award in the Village category


Joint Runner up with Houghton - Best Village with a Gold Award - Strikes, Houghton Hall trophy


Joint Winners with Cartmel - Sellafield Licence Co Trophy Tidy Village (Large) - Rose bowl plus framed certificate


2015 neighbourhood award - Level 5 outstanding - Kirkoswald Environmental Group - Millie Bank conservation. Level 5 is the top score available. October 2015 We were finalists again and won a Silver Gilt medal for the second time in the Britain in Bloom Awards.


September 2016


Best Village Category GOLD AWARD


Runner up: Strikes, Houghton Hall Trophy for the Best Village Category with a Gold Award


Joint Winner: The Cavendish Trophy for Flood Relief Special Award

Village volunteers cleared 65 bags of "daisy wheels" from Appleby Sewage works and other plastic debris from the hedges between K'o and the Bridge. We cleared trees, logs and other combustible flood deposited material. A wider litter pick in the village and on the approach roads to K'o collected 35 more bags of rubbish, that is 100 bags this year. Many thanks to Eden District Council for providing blue bags, litter picking equipment and then disposing of the waste.


It's Your Neighbourhood Award to Kirkoswald Allotment Orchard Group of Level 5 – Outstanding

This is the highest level achievable and done in just a couple of years. We scored 94/100. This year was the first time we entered the orchard for the competition. Very well done to everyone involved.


Congratulations to everyone who helped with litter picks, tidied before judging and spent time and effort making their own garden nice for everyone to enjoy. The village looks great. Well done..


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