Britain in Bloom judging begins

Seven pairs of RHS judges began a two-week tour of the UK on 29 July assessing an estimated 36,000 ha of public green-space in 77 locations that have made it to the national finals of RHS Britain in Bloom.

The locations were picked from nearly 1,000 to represent their region or nation in the UK finals.

More than 20,000 volunteers have spent 100,000 hours growing floral displays, litter-picking and street-tidying, creating wildflower meadows, transforming derelict land, growing produce, and more. In Bournemouth, the town's first edible flower bed has been planted.

Britain in Bloom judging panel chair Roger Burnett said: "Many see RHS Britain in Bloom as a floral competition but spectacular hanging baskets make up only a very small part of the campaign. We'll be looking at how the finalists have used public green-spaces for the benefit of the whole community, and the environment.

"I am particularly looking forward to seeing how finalists are innovating to meet current needs to reduce inputs, both economically and environmentally, and how they are encouraging wildlife in their green spaces.
Britain in Bloom started in 1964. Each finalist will be judged on the basis of community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.

North Berwick (Scotland), Stanghow (Yorkshire), Lytham (Lancashire), Halstead (Essex) and Herm (Channel Islands) are competing for the title of Champion of Champions.

Judging began 29 July in Bournemouth, Caistor, Henley-on-Thames, North Berwick, St Brelade, St Issey and Tunbridge Wells.

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