Volunteers from Ahoghill, in County Antrim, are celebrating after being named ‘Champion of Champions’ at the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards ceremony.
Britain in Bloom judges praised Ahoghill for the fact that
“...it looks as though the whole town is doing their bit, whether planting up a forgotten corner, bringing life to redundant buildings, or adopting the maintenance of a public green space”
They went on to say that the town’s numerous, colourful and varied floral displays created a sense of place and were a sight to behold. Ahoghill’s commitment to the environment and sustainability played a large part in their success. Recycling of plants and materials is obviously very much part of the local culture, and the new leaf and green waste collection points are also great for reducing the impact on our natural resources.
Judges Sue Wood and David Jamieson were also impressed by the group’s brilliant community spirit, stating that “The creation and maintenance of new gardens and beds by an even wider number of groups is tremendous, and an example of co-operation and community cohesion that all can learn from and replicate.”
RHS Head of Community Development, Andrea Van Sittart, commented that: “The annual Britain in Bloom with the RHS awards ceremony is a celebration of communities uniting across the UK to keep our streets clean, green and tidy, transforming whole areas and giving wildlife a helping hand along the way. Since it started over 50 years ago, Bloom has evolved into a national campaign which is constantly growing in impact around Britain, championing great community projects that really make a difference to people’s lives. Like Ahoghill, the Bloom finalists represent how best to use public green space for the benefit of people, plants and the planet."
"It is our hope that more and more people will be inspired to set up or join their local Britain in Bloom with the RHS group so the impact of this transformative campaign will continue to grow.”
Communities receive a Bronze, Silver, Silver-Gilt or Gold award, depending on their level of achievement. At the UK Finals, discretionary awards are also given to recognise excellence in particular areas such as overcoming adversity, or engaging young people in horticulture.
See all the results of RHS Britain in Bloom 2016 (133kB pdf)
Find out which communities took part in the 2016 UK Finals (116kB pdf)
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