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RHS Britain in Bloom competition celebrates triumph over adversity as it returns for 2022

The Finals of the UK’s largest community gardening competition – RHS Britain in Bloom – is back for 2022 and today unveils the groups in the running to be crowned champion.
 

Following a two-year hiatus, the finals for the UK’s biggest gardening competition returns and will see 46 community gardening groups looking to wow the judges with their efforts to improve their local area this summer.

Groups from all four nations and regions will compete in one of eight categories as they look to secure a much sought after RHS gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze awards. Each category winner is then put forward to be considered for the title of the overall RHS Britain in Bloom Champion for 2022. The results and winners will be announced at an awards event in October.

Many of the competing groups in 2022 have been born out of or shaped by the pandemic. First time entrant Irthington in Bloom, in Carlisle, has its origins in the first lockdown when an enterprising horticulture student took over an abandoned school garden, growing fruit and vegetables for local people and sunflowers to help brighten moods and bring the community together. The group now stands at six members with intentions to create more space for wildlife.

Similarly, Amcotts in Bloom’s central Tiddy Mun Trail, in Lincolnshire, was developed during school closures to provide science, history, geography and art education on a scenic walk through the area while Herm Island, in the Channel Islands, created a Zen Garden designed to offer a peaceful and sensually appealing rest space for those needing somewhere to escape to.

The announcement of this year’s finalists follows a 42% increase in people looking to start up or join a community gardening group in January.1

Kay Clark, RHS Community Development Manager, said: “We’re excited that RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals will return in full force this year, featuring new competitors, new audiences and underpinned by a new found admiration for all that our public green spaces provide and mean to us. With a noticeable increase in people looking to get involved in community gardening in recent years, there’s never been a better time to shine a light on the positive impact community gardening is already having across the UK.”

Finalists this year will be judged according to updated criteria that will help them to consider sustainability issues, with 91% of Britain in Bloom groups already reporting that this is one of their main motivations for participating in the Bloom campaign.2

In 2021 and in the absence of the RHS Britain in Bloom Finals, groups were invited to participate  in the RHS Community Awards – a digital event where judges identified outstanding entries across five categories including Nature Friendly Gardening and Planting with Purpose.

For more information about RHS Britain in Bloom or to find a community gardening group near you please visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/community-gardening
 
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Notes to editors

For more information please contact the RHS press office: [email protected]
 
Image: Friends of Dunchurch Society deadheading flowers in a wheelbarrow used as a container. Dunchurch in Bloom © RHS / Helen Yates
 
Footnotes:
  1. Based on unique visitors to the ‘How to set up a community garden’ webpage year on year across January 2021 and January 2022.
  2. Based on a survey of 500 community gardening groups, 91% of Britain in Bloom groups reported being motivated by improving the environment for biodiversuty, plants, wildlife and their habitats. The survey was conducted on behalf of the RHS in October 2021.
RHS Britain in Bloom Finalists 2022
Region/Nation Entry
Village  
Anglia Filby in Bloom
Cumbria Irthington in Bloom
East Midlands Amcotts
North West Elswick in Bloom
Northumbria Washington Village in Bloom
Ulster Donaghmore
Large Village  
East Midlands Draycott in Bloom
Floral Guernsey Floral Forest
Heart of England Friends of Dunchurch Society CIO
Ulster Cullybackey
Wales Grow for Talgarth
Small Town  
Heart of England Stonehouse in Bloom
London Hale Village London
North West Croston in Bloom
South East Petworth in Bloom
South West Kingsbridge in Bloom
Ulster Tidy Randalstown
Town  
Anglia Chatteris in Bloom
Keep Scotland Beautiful Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow
South Upton in Bloom
Thames & Chilterns Amersham in Bloom
Wales Denbigh in Bloom / Dinbych yn Blodeuo  
Large Town  
Anglia Dunstable in Bloom
Cumbria Workington in Bloom
East Midlands Ilkeston in Bloom
North West Congleton in Bloom
South East Farnham in Bloom
South West Portishead in Bloom
Wales Prestatyn in Bloom
Yorkshire Mirfield in Bloom
Small City  
Heart of England Burton in Bloom
North West Rochdale in Bloom
South West Bath in Bloom
South East Canterbury in Bloom
BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres  
Anglia Bury St. Edmunds
Cumbria Ulverston BID
London Orpington1st BID
North West Blackburn in Bloom
South Shaftesbury in Bloom
South East Sevenoaks in Bloom
South West St Austell BID
Coastal  
Floral Guernsey Herm Island
Keep Scotland Beautiful North Berwick in Bloom
Natural Jersey St.Helier
South Sandown Green Town Volunteers
South West Sidmouth in Bloom

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 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 https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/community-gardening/news/articles/britain-in-bloom-finalists

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 2021. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 
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