Shrewsbury named RHS Britain in Bloom champion of champions

The town was handed the award by garden designer Adam Frost at a ceremony in Bristol that commemorated 71 finalists.

Shrewsbury's Dingle
Shrewsbury's Dingle

Bowbrook Community site was singled out as an outstanding project in Shrewsbury. The allotments have 85 organic growing plots and an impressive series of nature trails, individual gardens have been created to educate young people about native plants, conservation, and edible growing.

The site relies on the "wonderful camaraderie and community spirit" of volunteers who have contributed more than 2,000 hours to its upkeep.

 

All RHS judges noted how Bloom is supporting a horticultural and environmental renaissance in parks with The Dingle, in Shrewsbury, home of Percy Thrower, described as an important environment for residents, businesses and visitors to the town.

RHS Director General Sue Biggs said: "The annual RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony is not about one town, village or city beating another. It is about championing great community projects that make a difference to people’s lives. Since it started 50 years ago, Bloom has evolved into a national campaign which is constantly growing in impact around Britain.

"Right across the UK, communities are uniting to keep our streets and neighbourhoods looking beautiful, green and tidy, rejuvenating derelict land, giving local wildlife a helping hand through horticulture and getting to know each other, all through horticulture.

"Like Shrewsbury, the Bloom finalists represent how best to use public green space for the benefit of people, plants and the planet – there are almost four thousand RHS community gardening groups around Britain, all of whom are making a joyous difference in their area.

"I hope more and more people will be inspired to set up or join their local RHS Britain in Bloom group so the impact of this transformative campaign will continue to grow over the next 50 years."

Each finalist was awarded either Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver of Bronze and a series of additional awards were handed out to finalists and individuals who have been outstanding in certain areas.

Stan Sedman MBE, from Shrewsbury, was honoured with an RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award for his commitment to local Bloom initiatives. Stan has encouraged several local schools to take up gardening and he also volunteers at a hospice in Shrewsbury.                                                      

Shrewsbury also won the RHS Britain in Bloom Tourism Award, a discretionary award given out by judges to the finalist that demonstrated the most effective use of their local Bloom initiatives as a means of encouraging and supporting tourism in their area.

Britain in Bloom began in 1964 as a way to attract visitors to the country through floral displays. Since the RHS took over as organiser of the campaign in 2002, the focus has been widened to include environmental responsibility and community participation. In 2006, the RHS introduced It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN), which is a non-competitive arm of Bloom and open to all. There are currently nearly 2,000 IYN groups across Britain.

Last year, RHS Britain in Bloom volunteers collectively invested nearly 11 million hours into local Bloom activities, which equates to almost £70million at the National Minimum Wage.

Bath, who won Britain in Bloom in 1964, were a finalist again this year picking up Gold and winning the Small City category.

 

RHS Britain in Bloom 2014 UK Final Awards:

Entry Name

Category

Region / Nation

Medal

Aberdeen

City

Scotland

Gold

Ahoghill

Champion of Champions

Ulster

Gold

Bath

Small City

South West

Gold & Category Winner

Belper

Large Town

East Midlands

Silver Gilt

Bracknell

Small City

Thames & Chilterns

Silver 

Bray Village

Small Village

Thames & Chilterns

Gold & Category Winner

Bridgers Community Group (Howe Bridge)

Urban Community

North West

Silver

Bridgnorth

Town

Heart of England

Silver

Carrickfergus

Large Town

Ulster

Silver Gilt

Chorley

Small City

North West

Silver

City of London

Champion of Champions

London

Gold

Colwyn Bay

Large Town

Wales

Silver Gilt

Congleton

Large Town

North West

Gold

Cranbrook

Small Town

South East

Silver Gilt

Crawley

Small City

South East

Silver Gilt

Dalton with Newton

Town

Cumbria

Silver

Derry City

Small City

Ulster

Silver Gilt

Dufftown

Large Village

Scotland

Silver Gilt

Dunnington

Small Town

Yorkshire

Gold                         Category Winner

Durham

Large Town

Northumbria

Gold

Elswick

Village

North West

Gold

Eston (Middlesbrough)

Urban Community

Northumbria

Silver Gilt

Evington (Leicester)

Urban Community

East Midlands

Silver

Farnham

Large Town

South East

Silver Gilt

Filby

Village

Anglia

Gold

Filey

Coastal Up to 12k

Yorkshire

Silver Gilt

Glenarm

Village

Ulster

Gold

Glenrothes

Champion of Champions

Scotland

Gold

Great Whittington

Small Village

Northumbria

Silver Gilt

Halstead

Town

Anglia

Gold & Joint Category Winner

Harrogate

Small City

Yorkshire

Gold

Henley on Thames

Town

Thames & Chilterns

Silver Gilt

Hillingdon

Large City

London

Silver Gilt

Hillsborough

Large Village

Ulster

Gold & Category Winner

Hunstanton

Coastal Up to 12k

Anglia

Gold & Category Winner

Immingham

Town

East Midlands

Silver Gilt

Kippax (Leeds)

Urban Community

Yorkshire

Silver Gilt

Kirkoswald

Village

Cumbria

Silver Gilt

Leeds

Large City

Yorkshire

Gold

Limpsfield

Large Village

South East

Silver Gilt

Linlithgow

Town

Scotland

Silver Gilt

London Bridge (Southwark)

Urban Community

London

Silver

Loughborough

Small City

East Midlands

Silver Gilt

Malvern

Large Town

Heart of England

Silver Gilt

Market Bosworth

Large Village

East Midlands

Gold

Moorsholm

Village

Northumbria

Gold & Joint Category Winner

Norton in Hales

Village

Heart of England

Gold & Joint Category Winner

Norwich

City

Anglia

Silver Gilt

Oldham

City

North West

Gold & Category Winner

Perth

Large Town

Scotland

Gold

Pitlochry

Small Town

Scotland

Gold

Port Marine & Village Quarter (Portishead)

Urban Community

South West

Gold & Category Winner

Sedgefield

Small Town

Northumbria

Gold

Shevington & District

Town

North West

Gold & Joint Category Winner

Shrewsbury

Champion of Champions

Heart of England

Gold & Category Winner

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Sidmouth

Coastal Over 12k

South West

Silver Gilt

St Andrews

Coastal Over 12k

Scotland

Silver Gilt

St Peter Port

Coastal Over 12k

Guernsey

Gold & Category Winner

Sunderland

Large City

Northumbria

Gold & Category Winner

Tamworth

Small City

Heart of England

Silver Gilt

Tenby

Coastal Up to 12k

Wales

Silver Gilt

Thornbury

Town

South West

Silver Gilt

Town Close Ward (Norwich)

Urban Community

Anglia

Silver Gilt

Tresco

Small Village

South West

Gold

Truro

Large Town

South West

Gold & Category Winner

Upper Hopton

Village

Yorkshire

Silver Gilt

Usk

Large Village

Wales

Gold

Westminster

City

London

Silver Gilt

Whitehead

Small Town

Ulster

Silver Gilt

Wisbech

Large Town

Anglia

Silver Gilt

Woolton (Liverpool)

Champion of Champions

North West

Gold

 

Discretionary Awards 2014

 

RHS Britain in Bloom Environment Award

Judging Pair: Andrew & Mel

Winner: London Bridge

RHS Britain in Bloom Pride of Place Award

Judging Pair: Andrew & Mel

Winner: Port Marine & Village Quarter (Portishead)

RHS Britain in Bloom School Award

Judging Pair: Jeff & Ian

Joint winner: St Marys School, Dalton

RHS Britain in Bloom School Award

Judging Pair: Roger & Jim

Joint winner: Cavell Primary and Nursery School, Norwich

RHS Britain in Bloom Young People’s Award

Judging Pair: Jeff & Ian

Winner: Immingham

RHS Britain in Bloom Conservation and Wildlife Award

Judging Pair: Jeff & Ian

Winner: Tresco

RHS Britain in Bloom Commercial Award

Judging Pair: Sue & Kim

Winner: Stockley Park, Hillingdon

RHS Britain in Bloom Public Park Award

Judging Pair: Sue & Kim

Winner: Roundhay Park Leeds

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Award

Judging Pair: Jon & Darren

Winner: Truro

RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Award  for 2014 only.  Judging Pair: Martyn & Rae

Winner: Chorley

RHS Britain in Bloom Horticulture Award

Judging Pair: Roger & Jim

Winner: Oldham

RHS Britain in Bloom Tourism Award

Judging Pair: Mark & Brendan

Winner: Shrewsbury

RHS Britain in Bloom Heritage Award

Judging Pair: Mark & Brendan

Winner: Pitlochry

COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS

 

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Jeff & Ian

Winner: Margaret Carter, Shevington in Bloom

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion award

Judging Pair: Sue & Kim

Winner: Ken Gillance, Moorsholm

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Jon & Darren

Winner: Richard Budge, Truro

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Jon & Darren

Winner: Penny Stocks, Wisbech

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Jon & Darren

Winner: John Jordan, Malvern

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Jon & Darren

Winner: John Summers, Perth

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Mark & Brendan

Winner: Stan Sedman MBE  Shrewsbury

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Mark & Brendan

Winner: Roy MBE Freer   Dunnington

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Mark & Brendan

Winner: James Perry    Ahoghill

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Martyn & Rae

Winner: Chris Beard, Harrogate

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award

Judging Pair: Martyn & Rae

Winner: Sue Lane, Tenby

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD

 

RHS Britain in Bloom Outstanding Contribution Award

Judging Pair: Martyn & Rae

Winner: Walter Dinning

RHS Britain in Bloom Outstanding Contribution Award

Winner:  Mark Wasilewski MVO

 


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