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Coronavirus: RHS Britain in Bloom finals cancelled

Bishop's mitre in Durham Market Place. Picture; RHS/Mark Pinder
Bishop's mitre in Durham Market Place. Picture; RHS/Mark Pinder

Health and safety of communities put first

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals competition has been cancelled, the RHS has announced.

The organisers issued the following statement: “This is a worldwide and unprecedented challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of communities, volunteers and judges remains our number one priority.

“With the Government advising everyone to follow social distancing measures, it is sadly not currently possible for finalists to carry out their usual community gardening activities.

Britain in Bloom‘Huge year-round effort’

“Communities put huge year-round effort into Britain in Bloom to the benefit of both people and the environment and we know our 70 finalists will be very disappointed.

“The decision has not been taken lightly and we hope that many groups will want to participate again in 2021.

“We thank those involved for all the hard work they’ve put in so far to make the UK a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place, and their amazing community spirit that will be very important to people in the difficult times ahead.”

Britain in Bloom groups with any questions can contact the RHS at communities@rhs.org.uk.

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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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