Last night in St Andrews, Scotland, was an evening to announce the champions of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, which is supported by Anglian Home Improvements.
It has been a tough job for the villages, towns and cities to win some of the most sought after awards in each category, ranging from Best Large Town to the Champion of Champions.
With 76 finalists it was not easy to win, but the Champion of Champions award went to Cricklade in Wiltshire. However, they didn’t celebrate alone as there was a record 20 Gold medals awarded along with 36 silver-gilts, 19 silvers and 1 bronze award given out on the night. TV presenter Rachel De Thame hosted the event, which was attended by 500 community and gardening champions, including Garden ER’s, David Domoney.
This lavish award ceremony is held to celebrate the efforts of the 200,000 volunteers who gave up 4.4 million hours of their free time to this campaign, but they have created us some amazingly clean, beautiful and environmentally friendly places for us to live.
The Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom competition was judged by 12 judges, lead by Roger Burnett they toured the UK throughout August visiting the 76 finalists. They assessed against 3 key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.
Anglian Home Improvements Marketing Director, Martin Troughton said, “Congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s awards. The standard has been very high and the judges have been impressed by the drive and accomplishment of the finalists. Each and every volunteer, up and down the country, should be extremely proud of helping to make this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom another phenomenal success.”
Local village Filby was supported by Anglian Home Improvements this year and although it didn’t win it’s category, it was still awarded a Gold in the village category, which is definitely something to be proud of!
The Anglian Home Improvements Community Award winner was Chirk, an urban community in Wrexham, Wales. Their efforts in including 6 different sets of community action groups, involving more than 150 volunteers, has resulted in a workforce that really does represent every local resident who lives there.
Here is a list of the 13 category winners;
|East Midlands||Cleethorpes||Coastal over 12K|
|Guernsey||St Martin||Small Town|
|Scotland||Uddingston (Glasgow)||Urban Community|
|South & South East||Rustington||Town|
|South West||Cricklade||Champion of Champions|
|South West||Bristol||Large City|
|Ulster||Derry City||Small City|
|Yorkshire||Whitby||Coastal up to 12k|