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Britain in Bloom 2019 results and awards

Champion of champions Perth and their flower beds. Picture; RHS/Julie Howden
Champion of champions Perth and their flower beds. Picture; RHS/Julie Howden

Perth crowned Champion of Champions

Champion of Champions went north of the border at the UK Finals of Britain in Bloom held at the RHS Lindley Hall last night (October 25), as Perth in Bloom won top honours.

Originally formed as an anti-litter clean-up group 30 years ago, the volunteers were recognised for their efforts across all areas of horticulture including the environment and community.

The judges highlighted Perth’s National Heather Collection garden, within Riverside Park, which is managed by volunteers and features more than 16,000 heather and heath plants.

The park was also named best Park or Green Space for the second year in a row. It includes the Compassionate Friends Garden, a contemplative space for bereaved parents and families.

Worthy winner

Judge Roger Burnett said: “Perth is a worthy winner, they’re a previous contender and with this being their 30th year the group has an enormous amount of experience at both regional and national level. Their tour was also expertly put together and ticked every box on the marking sheet.”

Perth was up against stiff competition from St Helier, representing Natural Jersey; Castlecaulfield from Ulster; Durham, representing Northumbria and Kingsbridge from the South West all received a gold award.

St Helier’s campaign was praised for its efforts to address the changing climate; Durham, for its commitment to educating the next generation of horticulturists; Kingsbridge for a wildlife-friendly celebration of its 800th market year and Castlecaulfield for supporting young people to care for the environment.

First-time entrant, Hale Village in Bloom, is an urban regeneration project in Tottenham, built on a former factory site. They took gold and won the Urban Community category.

Champion of champions Perth's heather collection. Picture; RHS/Julie Howden
Champion of champions Perth’s heather collection. Picture; RHS/Julie Howden

Art project

Goring-on-Thames, in Thames & Chilterns came out on top in the Small Town category, where judges commended the Sunflower Showers art project, which encouraged people to make sunflowers from plastic waste.

Green Moor, in Yorkshire, won the Village category, with judges praising the Incredible Edible inspired school food garden.

Bridge of Earn won the Involving Children and Young People discretionary award, while also coming out on top in the Large Village category.

Three communities were given the new 2019 Wise Ways with Water award, having exceptional water-saving practices – Halstead in Anglia, Garstang in Lancashire and St Just in Cornwall, all gold winners.

Britain in Bloom full results

Champion of champions

  • Winner: Perth, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Gold.
  • Castlecaulfield, Ulster. Gold.
  • Durham, Northumbria. Gold.
  • Kingsbridge, South West. Gold.
  • St Helier, Natural Jersey. Gold.

Coastal

  • Winner: St Andrews, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Gold.
  • Hunstanton, Anglia. Gold.
  • Whitby, Yorkshire. Gold.
  • Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Northumbria. Silver Gilt.
  • Sark, Floral Guernsey. Silver Gilt.
  • St Clement, Natural Jersey. Silver Gilt.

Large Coastal

  • Winner: Llandudno, Wales. Gold.
  • Bexhill-on-Sea, South East. Silver Gilt.
  • Newquay, South West. Silver Gilt.
Bishop's mitre in Durham Market Place. Picture; RHS/Mark Pinder
Bishop’s mitre in Durham Market Place. Picture; RHS/Mark Pinder

Village

  • Winner: Green Moor, Yorkshire. Gold.
  • Donaghmore, Ulster. Gold.
  • Filby, Anglia. Gold.
  • Tanfield, Northumbria. Gold.
  • Norton in Hales, Heart of England. Gold.
  • Middleton-by-Wirksworth, East Midlands. Silver Gilt.
  • St Aubin, Natural Jersey. Silver Gilt.

Large Village

  • Winner: Bridge of Earn, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Gold.
  • Cullybackey, Ulster. Gold.
  • Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire. Gold.
  • Catterall, North West. Silver Gilt.
  • Curry Rivel, South West. Silver Gilt.
  • Titchfield, South. Silver Gilt.

Urban Community

  • Winner: Hale Village in Bloom, London. Gold.
  • Stanwix, Cumbria. Silver Gilt.
  • Winshill, Heart of England. Silver Gilt.

Business Improvement Districts, Town Centres and City Centres

  • Winner: Farnham, South East. Gold.
  • Bath Business Improvement District, South West. Gold.
  • Canary Wharf, London. Gold.
  • New Milton, South. Gold.
  • Bicester, Thames & Chilterns. Silver Gilt.
  • Dunfermline, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Silver Gilt.

Small Town

  • Winner: Goring-on-Thames, Thames & Chilterns. Gold.
  • Garstang, North West. Gold.
  • Randalstown, Ulster. Gold.
  • Sedgefield, Northumbria. Gold.
  • St Just, South West. Gold.
  • Cranbrook, South East. Silver Gilt.
  • Desford, East Midlands. Silver Gilt.
  • Ham & Petersham, London. Silver Gilt.

Town

  • Winner: Haddington, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Gold.
  • Amersham, Thames & Chilterns. Gold.
  • Halstead, Anglia. Gold.
  • Morpeth, Northumbria. Gold.
  • Newport, Heart of England. Gold.
  • Antrim, Ulster. Silver Gilt.
  • Cranleigh, South East. Silver Gilt.
  • Wimborne, South. Silver Gilt.
  • Ystradgynlais, Wales. Silver Gilt.

Large Town

  • Winner: Biddulph, Heart of England. Gold.
  • Penrith, Cumbria. Gold.
  • Prestatyn, Wales. Gold.
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells, South East. Gold.
  • Wilmslow, North West. Silver Gilt.
  • Yeovil, South West. Silver Gilt.
Exotics in Durham City. Picture; RHS/Mark Pinder
Exotics in Durham City. Picture; RHS/Mark Pinder

Small City

  • Winner: Derry, Ulster. Gold.
  • Harrogate, Yorkshire. Gold.
  • Loughborough, East Midlands. Gold.​
  • Kirkcaldy, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Silver Gilt.
  • Rugby, Heart of England. Silver Gilt.

City

  • Winner: City of Westminster, London. Gold.
  • Oldham, North West. Gold.
  • Reading, Thames & Chilterns. Gold.
  • Norwich, Anglia. Silver Gilt.

Discretionary awards winners

These awards are given to finalists that demonstrated genuine excellence in specific areas.

  • Involving Children and Young People: Bridge of Earn, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
  • Wild About Gardens: Tanfield, Northumbria.
  • Gardening in a Changing Climate: Haddington, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
  • Parks and Green Spaces: Perth, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
  • Growing Communities: Penrith, Cumbria.
  • Wise Ways With Water: (joint winners) Garstang, North West; Halstead, Anglia; St Just, South West.
  • RHS Community Champions: Ron Potter, Cynthia Davis, Catherine Baxter, Barbara Deason, Ruth Menlove, Dennis Fletcher, Margaret Fletcher.
  • RHS Young Champions: James Owen Thomas, Emily Connor, Jake Sinnamon, Jacob Bell.

For more on Britain in Bloom visit the RHS website.

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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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