Starbeck in Bloom was formed twenty years ago in response to a spate of vandalism and broken windows which consequently had a very powerful impact for the morale in the community. A small group of people and shop keepers decided to brighten the High Street with colourful planters and organised a Garden competition to get neighbours to talk to each other with the intention of bringing the community together in order to achieve a better, safer Starbeck.
This group would go on to become Starbeck in Bloom and has affiliated itself to Yorkshire in Bloom and RHS Britain in Bloom. We are a completely self-funded and voluntary group and has gone from strength to strength and have even won awards in the regional competition.
It is now impossible to think of Starbeck without Starbeck in Bloom. The founder members still play an active role, Christine Stewart and Sue Wood although sadly our longstanding chairman, Elliott Clark and treasurer died recently though we have a Copper beech tree in his memory.
The Starbeck community have all pulled together and funding comes from donations to the Sponsor board, the Hanging basket fund, Friends of Starbeck in Bloom subscriptions and grants from Starbeck Community Fund and grants from Awards for All and both Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council for larger projects.