RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2017

Northumbria finalists in top gardening competition

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Northern Junior Community School, Fareham, previous winner of the Britain in Bloom School Award. Picture; RHS

Ponteland and Stanghow, near Saltburn-by-the-Sea, will represent Northumbria in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.

They will join 76 other finalists and were chosen for their commitment to environmental responsibility, high levels of community participation and outstanding gardening achievements.

This month, the finalists are being judged and the winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on October 27.

Aberdeen (Scotland), Elswick (North West), Harrogate (Yorkshire), Hillsborough (Ulster), Oldham (North West), Portishead (South West) and St Peter Port (Guernsey) will be competing for the title of Champion of Champions.

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Elliot Street Community Garden Edinburgh. Picture; RHS/Julian Weigall

A new discretionary award is Gardening in a Changing Climate, which will recognise a group’s commitment to sustainable environmental practices in horticulture, reflecting the RHS’s Gardening in a Changing Climate report.

Now in its 53rd year, Britain in Bloom has evolved into a UK-wide campaign that promotes the environmental and health and well-being benefits of gardening.

Eileen Burn, chair of Northumbria in Bloom said: “Northumbria in Bloom is delighted that two of its high-achieving entries will be representing the region in the UK Finals of Britain in Bloom 2017. The attractive town of Ponteland is a first-time entry into the national competition.

“The attractive town of Ponteland is a first-time entry into the national competition. The small rural village of Stanghow has previously been a category winner and Champion of Champions entry in the national competition.”

Hayley Monckton of the RHS with Berry Grisenti, at Cody Dock, London. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS head of community outreach, said: “Congratulations to all the groups on reaching the UK Finals of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

“To get this far is a fantastic achievement for all the groups and the armies of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make Britain a more beautiful place to live.

“That we have such a breadth of finalists is testament to the reach and relevance of the campaign, with finalists representing an incredibly diverse range of places, from small rural villages, right through to vast urban areas in our inner cities.

“We wish the Northumbria finalists the very best of luck as they embark on a gardening year to remember.”

To find out more, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/communities, Facebook or Twitter (#ourbloom).


Discretionary Award categories

  •  Involving Children and Young People
  • Growing Communities
  • Gardening in a Changing Climate
  • Wild About Gardens
  • Parks and Green Spaces
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Community Champions and Youth Champions

Scotland and Northern England Britain In Bloom Finalists

  • Aberdeen (Champion of Champions, Scotland)
  • Bothwell (Small Town, Scotland)
  • Coupar Angus (Large Village, Scotland)
  • Dalston (Large Village, Cumbria)
  • Forres (Town, Scotland)
  • Harrogate (Champion of Champions, Yorkshire)
  • Hutton Cranswick (Large Village, Yorkshire)
  • Kendal (Large Town, Cumbria)
  • Kilconquhar (Small Village, Scotland)
  • Kirkcaldy (Small City, Scotland)
  • North Berwick (Coastal <12,000, Scotland)
  • Otley (Town, Yorkshire)
  • Penrith (Business Improvement District, Cumbria)
  • Ponteland (Small Town, Northumbria)
  • Silloth on Solway (Coastal <12,000, Cumbria)
  • Stanghow (Small Village, Northumbria)
  • Starbeck (Urban Community, Yorkshire)
  • Uddingston (Pride Urban Community, Scotland)
  • Whitby (Coastal <12,000, Yorkshire)

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