RHS 2020 Britain in Bloom finalists turn attention to urban greening

A growing number of gardening groups competing in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition are prioritising the regeneration of urban areas as communities recognise the value of green spaces to people and planet.

Now in its 56th year, 70 competition finalists will be going all-out to showcase their horticultural skills, community and environmental efforts. Finalists are put forward to the national final based on their progress regionally and compete across 11 categories including village, town and coastal.

Each will be visited by a pair of RHS judges in August as they vie for a medal, a category win and to be named Champion of Champions.
Nearly two-thirds are participating in town, city or other urban categories, reflecting growing recognition of the importance of plants and green space for both wellbeing and the environment.

This includes the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town and City Centres category which has seen a surge in entries since it was introduced two years ago. Leeds, Blackburn and Paddington, London, are among the ten finalists that will be greening central shopping and business hubs by increasing the number of plants to help mitigate urban pollution, flooding and temperature rises and boost footfall and lower vacancy rates.

Last year, the competition was won by the Scottish city of Perth which impressed with its whole-community approach to sustainability, pollinator-friendly planting and campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.

Chair of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share, said: “We’re noticing more towns and cities keen to tackle some of today’s most pressing challenges by tapping into the benefits of urban greening, with reasons ranging from concerns about our changing climate and air pollution to turning the tide on high street decline.”

John Summers OBE, Chair of Beautiful Perth, said: “Winning the Champion of Champions award has meant a great deal to everyone in Perth. We have had so many comments about how clean and green our city looks, and what a positive impact that has on the local economy and quality of life. Winning really has boosted pride in our Fair City of Perth.”
The Champion of Champions title, winners of each category and finalists’ medals – ranging from gold to bronze – will be announced in Manchester in October.

For more information about RHS Britain in Bloom and to search for community gardening groups in your area please visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/communities/find-a-group-search-form

 

For more information about the RHS Britain in Bloom finalists visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/bloomfinalists

 

Britain in Bloom UK Finalists 2020 (by Region/Nation)

 

Anglia

 

Entry name Category
Dunstable Large Town
Filby Village
Halstead Town
Hunstanton Coastal
King’s Lynn Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

 

Cumbria

 

Entry name Category
Kirkoswald Village
Penrith Large Town
Ulverston Town
Ulverston BID Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

 

East Midlands

Entry name Category
Boston Large Town
Chesterfield Small City
Littleover Urban Community
Lubenham Village
Mablethorpe Coastal

 

Guernsey (Floral Guernsey)

 

Entry name Category
Herm Island Coastal


Heart of England

Entry name Category
Dunchurch Large Village
Pebworth Village
Stonehouse Small Town
Uttoxeter Town
Wednesfield Urban Community

 

Jersey (Natural Jersey)

 

Entry name Category
St Helier Large Coastal
Trinity Coastal

 

London

 

Entry name Category
Paddington Now Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres
Rainham Large Village

 

Northumbria

 

Entry name Category
Berwick Town
Saltburn-by-the-Sea Coastal
Sedgefield Small Town
Washington Village

 

North West

 

Entry name Category
Barnoldswick Town
Blackburn Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres
Congleton Large Town
Croston Large Village
Elswick Village


Scotland (Keep Scotland Beautiful)

 

Entry name Category
Aberdeen City
Milngavie Town
New Luce Village
North Berwick Coastal
St Andrews Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres
Uddingston Pride Urban Community

 

South and South East

Entry name Category
Battle Small Town
Bexhill-on-Sea Large Coastal
Canterbury Small City
New Milton Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres
Royal Tunbridge Wells Large Town
Sandown Coastal
Sevenoaks Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres
Titchfield Large Village
Upton Town

 

South West

 

Entry name Category
Bath Small City
Exmouth Large Town
Marlborough Town
Sidmouth Large Coastal
St Austell Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

 

Thames & Chilterns

 

Entry name Category
Amersham Town
Banbury Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres
Chesham Large Town
Reading City
Stony Stratford Small Town

 

Ulster

 

Entry name Category
Ballymena Large Town
Belfast City
Cullybackey Large Village
Donaghmore Village
Randalstown Small Town

 

Wales

 

Entry name Category
Colwyn Bay Large Town
Denbigh Town
Mathern, Mounton & Pwllmeyric Village
Usk Large Village

Yorkshire

 

Entry name Category
Leeds Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres
Mirfield Large Town
Thornton-le-Dale Large Village

 

Britain in Bloom with the RHS

  • UK’s biggest community gardening campaign involves around 3,500 community groups and hundreds of thousands of local volunteers who work year-round to keep our neighbourhoods and streets green, clean and thriving.
  • Bloom was started by the British Tourist Authority as a way to attract visitors to the UK through floral displays. In 2001, the RHS took over as organisers and have developed the campaign to include greater focus on community participation and environmental responsibility.
  • In 2006, the RHS launched a new grass roots level for Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) – which is aimed at small volunteer groups (such as youth groups, ‘Friends of’ groups, etc.)
  • Since 1964, Bloom has evolved from what many saw as a rural hanging basket competition to a major socio-environmental campaign that is improving villages, towns and cities across the UK

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.

RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

 

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