Truro triumphant as Champion of Champions
Cornish city Truro has been crowned Champion of Champions in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition.
Winning the title for the first time, Truro came out tops in what judges said was the toughest year on record for gardening conditions.
Truro opted for exotic, drought-tolerant planting including cacti, palms and Mediterranean herbs and used a solar-powered rainwater harvesting system.
There were more than 1,000 hanging baskets and floral features, tree plantings and a community orchard.
Working together for success
Truro worked with the council’s parks department, businesses and residents on issues ranging from planning and decision-making to volunteering, plant donations and discounts.
The city saw off competition from Sidmouth, Didsbury, Market Bosworth, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Usk, with 76 communities competing across 12 categories.
The South West gained six gold medals, the highest of any region.
Other category winners include Durham which boasts colourful and creative roundabout displays and Aberdeen with its tranquil hospital roof garden.
‘City centre almost one big garden’
Darren Share, chairman of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “Congratulations to Truro who aren’t far off turning the city centre into one big garden with imaginative plantings and practical partnerships.
“To create such an outstanding entry in the searing heat and drought conditions is testament to the hard work and commitment that the whole community puts in.”
Truro were presented with their trophy at the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 awards ceremony, held in Belfast and presented by Chris Bavin, host of BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom TV series.
Volunteer Paul Hayhurst from 2017’s Champion of Champions Elswick in Lancashire said: “Since winning, there’s been a staggering amount of interest – we’ve had visitors from all over the country and nearby villages have been inspired to set up their own groups.”
Awards for the North and Scotland
The full results can be found on the RHS website – here is how the North East, Yorkshire and North West England and Scotland did (in alphabetical order). Results show place, category, region and award:
- Aberdeen: City, Scotland, Gold and category winner
- Beverley: Large Town, Yorkshire, Silver Gilt
- Bothel: Village, Cumbria, Silver Gilt
- Chipping: Village, North West, Silver Gilt
- Congleton: Large Town, North West, Gold
- Dalston: Large Village, Cumbria, Gold
- Didsbury: Champion of Champions, North West, Gold
- Durham: Small City, Northumbria, Gold and category winner
- East Haven: Coastal (under 12k), Scotland, Gold and category winner
- Falkirk: BIDs, Town & City Centres, Scotland, Gold
- Filey: Coastal (under 12k), Yorkshire, Gold
- Leeds: BIDs, Town & City Centres, Yorkshire, Silver Gilt
- Linlithgow: Town, Scotland, Gold and category winner
- Lytham: Coastal (under 12k), North West, Gold
- Morpeth: Town: Northumbria, Gold
- Penrith: Large Town, Cumbria, Silver Gilt
- Perth: Large Town, Scotland, Gold and category winner
- Ponteland: Small Town, Northumbria, Gold
- Rochdale: Small City, North West, Gold
- Scholes: Large Village, Yorkshire, Silver Gilt
- Spofforth: Village, Yorkshire, Gold
- Stanwix: Urban Community, Cumbria, Silver Gilt
- Tanfield: Village, Northumbria, Silver Gilt
- Ulverston: Town, Cumbria, Silver
- Whalley: Small Town, North West, Gold
The Discretionary Award nominees and winners are selected by the judges to recognise excellence in particular areas.
Involving Children and Young People: Amersham, Thames & Chilterns: Supporting, and inspiring, the younger members of the community.
Growing Communities: Aberdeen, Scotland: Using Britain in Bloom as a springboard for supporting and growing their communities.
Gardening in a Changing Climate: Sidmouth, South West: Recognising the commitment of a finalist or group to sustainable environmental practices.
Wild About Gardens: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Heart of England and Ballymena, Ulster: Supporting wildlife through gardening, based on the aims of the RHS and Wildlife Trusts’ ongoing campaign to inspire people to garden for wildlife.
Parks and Green Spaces Award: Perth, Scotland: Recognising a publicly owned park or green space and managed for the benefit of the community. There must be evidence of a high level of community ownership and of adequate and sustainable resources.
Presented to individuals who demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to the Britain in Bloom cause.
- Steve Catanach, Amersham
- Kay Laverty, Gorey
- Tom Lowdon, Perth
- Brian Massingham, Wisbech
- Bob McClure, Castlecaulfield
- Julia Moffett, Fishguard & Goodwick
- Wendy Murray, East Haven
- Joyce Shaw, Beverley
- Ron Smith, Linlithgow
For more information about RHS Britain in Bloom visit www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/britain-in-bloom.