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RHS Britain in Bloom 2020 finalists

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

Four Northumbrian finalists announced

Four Northumbrian finalists are competing in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition with communities increasingly recognising the value of green spaces.

Berwick, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Sedgefield and Washington will be among the 70 competitors showcasing their horticultural skills, community and environmental efforts.

Finalists reach the UK final based on their progress regionally and compete across 11 categories including village, town and coastal and each will be visited by a pair of RHS judges in August.

Last year, the competition was won by the Scottish city of Perth which impressed with its whole-community approach to sustainability, pollinator-friendly planting and campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.

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

‘Benefits of urban greening’

Chair of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share, said: “We’re noticing more towns and cities keen to tackle some of today’s most pressing challenges by tapping into the benefits of urban greening, with reasons ranging from concerns about our changing climate and air pollution to turning the tide on high street decline.”

John Summers OBE, Chair of Beautiful Perth, said: “Winning the Champion of Champions award has meant a great deal to everyone in Perth.

“We have had so many comments about how clean and green our city looks, and what a positive impact that has on the local economy and quality of life. Winning really has boosted pride in our Fair City of Perth.”

The Champion of Champions title, winners of each category and finalists’ medals – ranging from gold to bronze – will be announced in Manchester in October.

For more information about RHS Britain in Bloom and to search for community gardening groups in your area please visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/communities/find-a-group-search-form.

Britain in Bloom UK Finalists 2020 (by region/nation)

Anglia

Entry name

Category

Dunstable

Large Town

Filby

Village

Halstead

Town

Hunstanton

Coastal

King’s Lynn

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

 Cumbria 

Entry name

Category

Kirkoswald

Village

Penrith

Large Town

Ulverston

Town

Ulverston BID

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

 East Midlands

Entry name

Category

Boston

Large Town

Chesterfield

Small City

Littleover

Urban Community

Lubenham

Village

Mablethorpe

Coastal

 Guernsey (Floral Guernsey)

Entry name

Category

Herm Island

Coastal

Heart of England

Entry name

Category

Dunchurch

Large Village

Pebworth

Village

Stonehouse

Small Town

Uttoxeter

Town

Wednesfield

Urban Community

 Jersey (Natural Jersey)

Entry name

Category

St Helier

Large Coastal

Trinity

Coastal

 London 

Entry name

Category

Paddington Now

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Rainham

Large Village

 Northumbria

Entry name

Category

Berwick

Town

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Coastal

Sedgefield

Small Town

Washington

Village

 North West 

Entry name

Category

Barnoldswick

Town

Blackburn

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Congleton

Large Town

Croston

Large Village

Elswick

Village

Scotland (Keep Scotland Beautiful)

Entry name

Category

Aberdeen

City

Milngavie

Town

New Luce

Village

North Berwick

Coastal

St Andrews

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Uddingston Pride

Urban Community

South and South East

Entry name

Category

Battle

Small Town

Bexhill-on-Sea

Large Coastal

Canterbury

Small City

New Milton

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Large Town

Sandown

Coastal

Sevenoaks

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Titchfield

Large Village

Upton

Town

South West

Entry name

Category

Bath

Small City

Exmouth

Large Town

Marlborough

Town

Sidmouth

Large Coastal

St Austell

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Thames & Chilterns

Entry name

Category

Amersham

Town

Banbury

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Chesham

Large Town

Reading

City

Stony Stratford

Small Town

Ulster

Entry name

Category

Ballymena

Large Town

Belfast

City

Cullybackey

Large Village

Donaghmore

Village

Randalstown

Small Town

Wales

Entry name

Category

Colwyn Bay

Large Town

Denbigh

Town

Mathern, Mounton & Pwllmeyric

Village

Usk

Large Village

Yorkshire 

Entry name

Category

Leeds

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centres & City Centres

Mirfield

Large Town

Thornton-le-Dale

Large Village

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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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