RHS reveals 2023’s Britain in Bloom finalists

The 44 finalists of the 2023 RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals competition have been announced today by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), as groups prepare to impress judges with their stunning sustainable displays and vie for the chance to win the UK’s largest gardening competition.

The finalists, selected from across the UK, will compete to be crowned the winner in one of ten categories, and will also be looking to secure an RHS gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze award. Category winners will then be put forward to be named RHS Britain in Bloom Overall Winner for 2023.

Group’s efforts will be judged according to criteria that looks at their commitment to improving the local environment, community engagement and horticultural excellence.

The RHS predicts that 2023 will see groups opting for more drought tolerant planting, bringing blooms to their community while reducing the need for watering. Thirsty containers and baskets are likely to be swapped for drought-tolerant, aromatic favourites such as lavender and rosemary, interspersed with bright spring bulbs and hanging baskets brimming with bright, heat-loving pelargoniums.

Bringing people together remains a key theme amongst the 2023 entrants. Bonnie Blantyre and Pals, first-time finalists from South Lanarkshire, have planted a community orchard and built community gardens that grow a host of edibles for distribution to those in need in the local area. Crops like potatoes, tomatoes and beans as well as easy-to-harvest salads will be shared with local food banks by some of this year’s finalists.
Planet-friendly gardening and the use of plants to help tackle environmental issues also continues to be high on the agenda for community groups. Suffolk finalists Brandon in Bloom are ensuring their displays have a dual purpose, brightening the town with colourful blooms and selecting perennial plants that absorb air pollution from traffic. While Exmouth in Bloom are creating displays using salt-tolerant, sustainable plants, with added interest from palms and bright subtropical species for their coastal location.
Kay Clark, RHS Community Development Manager, said: “Across the UK, groups are enjoying the benefits gardening brings to both their local communities and their own wellbeing. These groups are also trailblazers, trialling innovative ways to tackle environmental issues and engage their wider communities in today’s most pressing challenges.”

There are 17 Bloom Regions that all hold their own Bloom competitions, from which they nominate their highest-performing entries to compete in the UK Finals. Each of the finalists will be visited by a pair of Britain in Bloom judges in summer 2023, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the autumn.

Please visit this link for more information about Britain in Bloom or to find a community gardening group near you:
For more information please contact Claire Thorpe in the RHS press office: [email protected]

Notes to editors

RHS Britain in Bloom Finalists 2023
Full breakdown of the 2023 finalists in their respective categories:
  • East Haven Together, Angus
  • Exmouth in Bloom, Devon
  • Llandudno in Bloom, Conwy County
  • Lytham in Bloom, Lancashire
  • Parish of St. Brelade, Jersey
  • Whitehaven, Cumbria
  • Ballynure, Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Churchtown in Bloom, Wyre
  • Kinnesswood in Bloom, Kinross-shire
  • Newton Solney, Derbyshire
Large Village
  • Audlem in Bloom, Cheshire
  • Eynsford in Bloom, Kent
  • Floral St Saviour Guernsey, Guernsey
  • Holt Community Gardeners, Wrexham County Borough
Business Improvement Districts, Town Centres and City Centres
  • Darlington, County Durham
  • Harrogate BID, North Yorkshire
  • Romford BID, London
Small Town
  • Redbourn, Hertfordshire
  • Wareham Community Growers, Dorset
  • Abergavenny Town Council, Monmouthshire
  • Alnwick, Northumberland
  • Brandon in Bloom, Suffolk
  • Donaghadee, Ards & North Down Borough Council
  • Elloughton cum Brough in Bloom, East Riding
  • Wistaston in Bloom, Cheshire
Large Town
  • Bonnie Blantyre and pals, South Lanarkshire
  • Coleraine, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
  • Faversham in Bloom, Kent
  • Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
  • Kendal, Cumbria
  • Market Harborough, Leicestershire
  • Oswestry, Shropshire
  • Rawtenstall Civic Pride, Lancashire
  • Truro in Bloom, Cornwall
  • Wokingham, Berkshire
Small City
  • Derry, Derry City & Strabane District Council
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
  • Oadby & Wigston, Leicestershire
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • Aberdeen Communities Together, Aberdeenshire
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London
Urban Community
  • Better Bankside / BOST / Southwark Council, London
  • Halesowen, West Midlands
  • Thornton in Bloom, West Yorkshire
About 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 groups compete in regional and national heats of the competition before being nominated to the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals.
  • 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
For more information about RHS Britain in Bloom visit

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