Bristol was buzzing for Britain in Bloom

The RHS Britain in Bloom Awards came to a head in Bristol last month, and what a great time we had...

Great views over the river in BristolHow good was Bristol! We've never visited before – well only the railway station on an onward journey – but we were very pleasantly surprised by what a vibrant, 'edgy' city it is. So much to see and do, and only enough time to scratch the surface; we will have to return.

We were there for the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards on Thursday 17 October. We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and, after settling in to our hotel located about six miles away from the awards venue in the centre of the city, we decided to explore the route. Not a good idea! Got stuck in the rush hour traffic and all seemed very confusing. Next day we took the advice given by the receptionist and took the bus into town – what an efficient service!

We then found the stop for the Open Top Bus Tour and decided this would be a great way to see Bristol. The tour took nearly 90 minutes and the guide was so informative about Bristol's history and also about the current attractions. We saw some of the street art for which the city is famous and learned about the docks and the wonderful amenity that is the public open area of the Downs.

Picking up the awardThe Awards were great. So many smiling faces and happy people! Adam Frost was the presenter and he did a marvellous job making everyone feel special. We were thrilled to be awarded a Gold certificate and named as Joint Town Category Winner with Shevington & District. Back at home in Halstead a party had been organised and as soon as possible the news was texted to them – and champagne was drunk. Great for the town, great for the team.

Now it's all down to planning for next year – we aren't eligible for entry to RHS Britain in Bloom but we'll be watching the news closely. Talking of news, wasn't it good to see the In Bloom campaign so well publicised on BBC Breakfast and news? And the other day I caught a piece on daytime TV...

Now the clocks have gone back it's down to studying the seed and plant catalogues – have fun!

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