Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) reveals finalists in UK’s largest community gardening competition.
The Britain in Bloom competition is now in its 55th year. This year will see 71 finalists put their horticultural skills, community spirit and green credentials to the test.
From tiny Green Moor in Yorkshire with a population of only 90 to the high-rise business district of Canary Wharf in London’s docklands.
Finalists are put forward to the national final based on their regional progress. A team of RHS national judges will score them in the summer.
Groups will compete across 12 categories.
Shortlisted in the Champion of Champions category are five finalists that have been hand-picked by the judges. They are St Helier, Durham, Perth, Kingsbridge in Devon and Castlecaulfield in Northern Ireland.
Truro in Cornwall won the category last year. The exotic and drought-tolerant planting beat the heat and impressed the judges. The city also enjoyed cross-community support from the council, businesses and local residents.
Chair of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share said:
“Britain in Bloom isn’t only about spectacular floral displays and making our villages, towns and cities beautiful to live in and visit.
“Many of this year’s finalists are on the frontline of tackling some of the UK’s biggest challenges.
“The thousands of volunteers who will compete in this year’s competition are a barometer for growing trends and the importance and impact of greening our communities.”
Leslie Lawson-Kinross, Chair of Truro in Bloom who triumphed in 2018 said: “It was amazing to win and completely unexpected.
“We call Truro our ‘great little city’ and are proud of where we live and keen to show it off. Everyone puts so much hard work in all year round to keep the city looking its best. It’s a fabulous place to live with such community spirit.”
The RHS Britain in Bloom judges will visit the finalists during judging fortnight which starts on 29th July.
The winners of each category and finalists’ medals will be announced in October.
BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom also returns for a second series in the spring with Chris Bavin visiting communities as they prepare for judging.
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