In the 53rd year of this quintessentially British gardening competition, the judges will visit the 78 villages, towns and cities chosen to fly the flag for their communities in the prestigious UK finals.
These Britain in Bloom groups will be looking to impress the judges with their planting displays, tidy streets and community spirit, in the hope of being crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.
Entries will be marked against three key criteria:
- horticultural achievement
- community participation
- environmental responsibility
Each finalist will be awarded a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze medal, depending on the standard reached. There is also an award for being the best in each category, for example, the village, town or city category.
A new discretionary award has also been launched for 2017 called Gardening in a Changing Climate. It will recognise a group's commitment to sustainable environmental practices in horticulture and reflects recommendations made for gardeners in the RHS Gardening in a Changing Climate report.
Champion of Champions
This year, Aberdeen (Scotland), Elswick (North West), Harrogate (Yorkshire), Hillsborough (Ulster), Oldham (North West), Portishead (South West) and St Peter Port (Guernsey) will be competing for the title of Champion of Champions, the ultimate Britain in Bloom award. On top of the category awards, finalists can be nominated for discretionary awards for achieving excellence in particular areas, such as overcoming adversity.
The results of this year's competition will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October.
Roger Burnett, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judging panel said:
"Britain in Bloom really brings out the best in people and is a force for good across the UK. What started out as a civic pride campaign, has evolved into something that helps tackle some of our most pressing issues. Taking part has far-reaching benefits, whether that is enhancing wellbeing by bringing greenery into urban areas, replacing concrete with planting to reduce the risk of flooding, or bringing people together to improve community cohesion. It's a real privilege to be judging the national finalists who represent the the best of what can be achieved through community gardening. The thousands of volunteers deserve to be celebrated and have their tremendous efforts acknowledged."
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