RHS Britain in Bloom finalists go for gold in 2019

Communities from all four corners of the UK are donning their gardening gloves as they prepare to battle it out in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 2019 Britain in Bloom competition.

 

Now in its 55th year, the fiercely fought contest 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 just 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 progress regionally and will be scored by a team of RHS national judges in the summer.

 

This year, groups will compete across 12 categories with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), town and city centres seeing an uplift in entries as communities tap into the benefits of green spaces. These include historic Bath, market town Bicester in Oxfordshire and first-time finalist Dumfermline in Scotland.

 

Shortlisted in the prestigious Champion of Champions category are five finalists that have been hand-picked by the judges based on their exceptional past performance. They are St Helier, Durham, Perth, Kingsbridge in Devon and Castlecaulfield in Northern Ireland.

 

The category was won last year by Truro in Cornwall whose 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 just 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 such as climate change, plastic waste on beaches and declining pollinator populations. 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. I can’t wait to see their tremendous efforts this summer.”

 

Leslie Lawson-Kinross, Chair of Truro in Bloom who triumphed in 2018 said: “It was absolutely amazing to win and completely unexpected. We call Truro our ‘great little city’ and are really 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 – ranging from Gold to Bronze – 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. This year’s groups include three national finalists – Pateley Bridge in Yorkshire, and Llandudno and Prestatyn, both in Wales.

 

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

 

 

Britain in Bloom UK Finalists 2019 (by Region/Nation)

 

Anglia

 

Entry name Category
Filby Village
Halstead Town
Hunstanton Coastal
King’s Lynn BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres
Norwich City

 

Cumbria

 

Entry name Category
Penrith Large Town
Stanwix Urban Community

 

East Midlands

Entry name Category
Desford Small Town
Loughborough Small City
Middleton-by-Wirksworth Village
Old Clee Urban Community

 

Guernsey (Floral Guernsey)

 

Entry name Category
Sark Coastal


Heart of England

Entry name Category
Biddulph Large Town
Newport Town
Norton in Hales Village
Rugby Small City
Winshill Urban Community

 

Jersey (Natural Jersey)

 

Entry name Category
St Clement Coastal
St Helier Champion of Champions
St Aubin Village

 

London

 

Entry name Category
Canary Wharf BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres
City of Westminster City
Hale Village Urban Community
Ham & Petersham Small Town

 

Northumbria

 

Entry name Category
Durham Champion of Champions
Morpeth Town
Saltburn-by-the-Sea Coastal
Sedgefield Small Town
Tanfield Village

 

North West

 

Entry name Category
Bury Small City
Catterall Large Village
Garstang Small Town
Oldham City
Wilmslow Large Town


Scotland (Keep Scotland Beautiful)

 

Entry name Category
Brig Large Village
Dunfermline BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres
Haddington Town
Kirkcaldy Small City
Perth Champion of Champions
St Andrews Coastal

 

South and South East

Entry name Category
Bexhill-on-Sea Large Coastal
Cranbrook Small Town
Cranleigh Town
Farnham BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres
New Milton BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres
Royal Tunbridge Wells Large Town
Titchfield Large Village
Wimborne Town

 

South West

 

Entry name Category
Bath BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres
Curry Rivel Large Village
Kingsbridge Champion of Champions
Newquay Large Coastal
St Just Small Town
Yeovil Large Town

 

Thames & Chilterns

 

Entry name Category
Amersham Town
Bicester BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres
Goring-on-Thames Small Town
Reading City

 

Ulster

 

Entry name Category
Antrim Town
Castlecaulfield Champion of Champions
Cullybackey Large Village
Derry Small City
Donaghmore Village
Randalstown Small Town

 

Wales

 

Entry name Category
Llandudno Large Coastal
Prestatyn Large Town
Ystradgynlais Town

Yorkshire

 

Entry name Category
Green Moor Village
Harrogate Small City
Pateley Bridge Large Village
Whitby Coastal

 

Britain in Bloom with the RHS

  • UK’s biggest community gardening campaign involves up to 300,000 passionate 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 a 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.

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