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Britain in Bloom finalists 2019

Boat planted up at Sunny Corner, Truro in Bloom. Picture; RHS/Jim Wileman
Boat planted up at Sunny Corner, Truro in Bloom. Picture; RHS/Jim Wileman

Communities named to compete for floral honours

Finalists have been chosen to battle it out for the RHS’s 2019 Britain in Bloom competition.

Now in its 55th year, 71 communities will compete, from Green Moor in Yorkshire with a population of just 90 to London’s Canary Wharf.

Nominees are put forward to the national final based on their progress regionally and will be scored by a team of RHS judges in the summer.

This year, groups will compete across 12 categories with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), town and city centres seeing a rise in entries.

One of the exotic-looking roundabouts in Durham City. Picture; RHS
One of the exotic-looking roundabouts in Durham City. Picture; RHS

Champion of Champions

Shortlisted in the Champion of Champions category are five finalists that have been hand-picked by the judges based on their exceptional past performance. They are St Helier, Durham, Perth, Kingsbridge in Devon and Castlecaulfield in Northern Ireland.

The category was won last year by Truro in Cornwall whose exotic and drought-tolerant planting beat the heat and impressed the judges.

Chairman of Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share said: “Britain in Bloom isn’t just about spectacular floral displays and making our villages, towns and cities beautiful to live in and visit.

“Many of this year’s finalists are on the frontline of tackling some of the UK’s biggest challenges such as climate change, plastic waste on beaches and declining pollinator populations.”

Chris Bavin hosts the Britain in Bloom series. Picture; BBC/Electric Ray
Chris Bavin hosts the Britain in Bloom series. Picture; BBC/Electric Ray

Judging begins on July 29

Judges will visit the finalists during the fortnight beginning July 29. The winners of each category and finalists’ medals will be announced in October.

BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom also returns in the spring with Chris Bavin visiting communities as they prepare for judging.

This year’s groups include three national finalists – Pateley Bridge in Yorkshire, and Llandudno and Prestatyn, both in Wales.

For more information on Britain in Bloom, visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/communities/find-a-group-search-form

Britain in BloomBritain in Bloom 2019 (finalist, category, area)

  • Amersham: Town, Thames & Chilterns
  • Antrim: Town, Ulster
  • Bath: BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres, South West
  • Bexhill-on-Sea: Large Coastal, South East
  • Bicester: BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres, Thames & Chilterns
  • Biddulph: Large Town, Heart of England
  • Brig: Large Village, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Bury: Small City, North West
  • Canary Wharf: BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres, London
  • Castlecaulfield: Champion of Champions, Ulster
  • Catterall: Large Village, North West
  • City of Westminster: City, London
  • Cranbrook: Small Town, South East
  • Cranleigh: Town, South East
  • Cullybackey: Large Village, Ulster
  • Curry Rivel: Large Village, South West
  • Derry: Small City, Ulster
  • Desford: Small Town, East Midlands
  • Donaghmore: Village, Ulster
  • Dunfermline: BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Durham: Champion of Champions, Northumbria
  • Farnham: BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres, South East
  • Filby: Village, Anglia
  • Garstang: Small Town, North West
  • Goring-on-Thames: Small Town, Thames & Chilterns
  • Green Moor: Village, Yorkshire
  • Haddington: Town, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Hale Village: Urban Community London
  • Halstead: Town, Anglia
  • Ham & Petersham: Small Town, London
  • Harrogate: Small City, Yorkshire
  • Hunstanton: Coastal, Anglia
  • King’s Lynn: BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres, Anglia
  • Kingsbridge: Champion of Champions, South West
  • Kirkcaldy: Small City, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Llandudno: Large Coastal, Wales
  • Loughborough: Small City, East Midlands
  • Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Village, East Midlands
  • Morpeth: Town, Northumbria
  • New Milton: BIDs, Town Centres & City Centres, South
  • Newport: Town, Heart of England
  • Newquay: Large Coastal, South West
  • Norton in Hales: Village, Heart of England
  • Norwich: City, Anglia
  • Oldham: City, North West
  • Old Clee: Urban Community, East Midlands
  • Pateley Bridge: Large Village, Yorkshire
  • Penrith: Large Town, Cumbria
  • Perth: Champion of Champions, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Prestatyn: Large Town, Wales
  • Randalstown: Small Town, Ulster
  • Reading: City, Thames & Chilterns
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells: Large Town, South East
  • Rugby: Small City, Heart of England
  • Saltburn-by-the-Sea: Coastal, Northumbria
  • Sark: Coastal, Floral Guernsey
  • Sedgefield: Small Town, Northumbria
  • St Andrew’s: Coastal, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • St Clement: Coastal, Natural Jersey
  • St Helier: Champion of Champions, Natural Jersey
  • St Just: Small Town, South West
  • St Aubin: Village, Natural Jersey
  • Stanwix: Urban Community, Cumbria
  • Tanfield: Village, Northumbria
  • Titchfield: Large Village, South
  • Whitby: Coastal, Yorkshire
  • Wilmslow: Large Town, North West
  • Wimborne: Town, South
  • Winshill: Urban Community, Heart of England
  • Yeovil: Large Town, South West
  • Ystradgynlais: Town, Wales
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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