UTTOXETER is one of just five communities from the Midlands chosen to go forward to this year’s Britain in Bloom competition. The nationwide community gardening contest will see 70 cities, towns and villages across the UK compete across 11 categories. Uttoxeter will represent the Heart of England region in the town category, seeing off entries from towns across Staffordshire, Shropshire, the West Midlands, Hereford, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.
The other four finalists representing the Heart of England are Stonehouse in Gloucester (small town), Dunchurch in Warwickshire (large village), Pebworth, Worcestershire (village) and first-time finalist Wednesfield in Wolverhampton (urban community).
All five will be visited by Royal Horticultural Society judges in August as they vie for a medal, a category win and to be named Champion of Champions for 2020.
Now in its 56th year, Britain in Bloom finalists are all judged on their horticultural, environmental and community efforts.
Nearly two-thirds of finalists are participating in town, city or other urban categories, reflecting growing recognition of the importance of plants and green space for both wellbeing and the environment.
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.”
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
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