Britain in Bloom judges set out

For 12 days from 3 August, nine pairs of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges will see go on the 2015 Britain in Bloom UK Finals Judging Tour.

They will be assessing 2000ha of public green space in 70 locations that have made it to the UK finals of Bloom.

Judges will visit villages, towns and cities that were selected from nearly 1,000 to represent their region or nation in the UK finals. Truro (South West), Market Bosworth (East Midlands), Usk (Wales), Filby (Anglia), Bath (South West) and Norton in Hales (Heart of England) will this year be competing for the title of Champion of Champions, the ultimate Britain in Bloom award.

Judges take into consideration three key criteria; horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility, demonstrated across public spaces such as town or city centres, parks and communal gardens, as well as natural spaces including conservation areas and wildflower meadows. Each group's final score also takes into account a whole range of complementary factors, from the condition of street furniture to the engagement of young people in Bloom activities.

More than 8,000 volunteers have spent 150,000 hours transforming derelict land into community gardens, greening grey spaces, brightening up streets with floral displays, litter-picking and street-tidying, growing produce, and using 2,000,000 plants, trees and bulbs over the past year.

Roger Burnett, chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judging panel, said: 'Many see Britain in Bloom with the RHS as a competition of floral skill but spectacular displays make up only a small part of the judging criteria. We're keen to see how the finalists have used public green spaces for the benefit of their communities, supported local wildlife and considered the environment in their efforts. I'm sure my fellow judges would join me in wishing good luck to all the 2015 finalists.'

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS head of regional development, said: "Britain in Bloom with the RHS celebrates all that's great about community horticulture – its power to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to make a difference in their local area. Without its incredible army of volunteers our streets would be more littered, crime would be likely to increase, parks would be less cared-for and in the 70 communities in this year's finals alone there would be two million less plants. The finalists should be immensely proud of all they've achieved to get this far, and I wish them the very best of luck."

Each finalist will be awarded a gold, silver-gilt, silver or bronze medal.

The 2015 RHS Britain in Bloom National Judging Panel:

Business Improvement District

Martyn Hird & Kim Parish

Champion of Champions

Martyn Hird & Kim Parish


Jeff Bates & Sue Wood

Coastal Over 12,000

Rae Beckwith & Darren Share

Coastal up to 12,000

John Wheatley & Glenn Dale

Large City

Roger Burnett & Kate Dagnall

Large Town

Jim Goodwin and Teresa Potter

Large Village

Roger Burnett & Kate Dagnall

Small City

Andrew Jackson and David Jamieson

Small Town

Jeff Bates & Sue Wood

Small Village

Brendan Mowforth and Ian Beaney


Brendan Mowforth and Ian Beaney

Urban Community

Rae Beckwith & Darren Share


Mel Henley and Nigel Bishop

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