A POPULAR park in Keighley has come up smelling of roses in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

Cliffe Castle Park was given a platinum award in the contest.

The judges said they were impressed by the Heritage Lottery Fund supported refurbishment of this public space. They singled out the reformation of the pond and restoration of the fountains for particular praise.

And they noted how money spent on the refurbishment has been justified by increasing visitor numbers to the Bradford Council-owned attraction.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, who is Bradford Council’s executive member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Once again our hard working park staff and volunteers have come up trumps in this prestigious competition.

“I would like to thank them and other stakeholders whose contribution is greatly appreciated by both the council and the visitors to our district’s welcoming parks.

“Parks provide wonderful resource for the people of the district and these awards show how keen we are to keep them in tip-top condition.”