Ulster Finalists to Compete in 2017 RHS Britain in Bloom Awards

Published 03 February 2017 @ 11:50

Eight entrants to represent Ulster in UK-wide competition Ballymena, Belfast City, Cullybackey, Derry City, Donaghmore, Hillsborough, Newcastle and Randalstown have been selected to represent the Ulster region in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017. They will join 71 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK. The Ulster finalists were chosen for their commitment to environmental responsibility, their high levels of community participation and their outstanding gardening achievements.

 

Between them the eight groups will plant thousands of bulbs, bedding plants, perennials, shrubs and trees across Northern Ireland, transforming grey and underused areas into green spaces that benefit both people and the environment. 

In August the finalists will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their areas as they bid to win a top award. The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October.

A number of special awards that recognise excellence in a particular area, be that protecting the local environment, getting young people involved in gardening, or overcoming adversity such as flooding or vandalism, will also be up for grabs.

Now in its 53rd year, Britain in Bloom has evolved into a UK-wide campaign that brings communities together while promoting the environmental and health and wellbeing benefits of gardening. 

Mark Maher, Ulster in Bloom Co-ordinator, Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NGLA) said: “Across the 11 councils, 2016 was another fantastic year for Translink Ulster in Bloom.  Building on this, NILGA is extremely proud to have such strong representation going forward for the 2017 RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

“The in-Bloom regional and national competitions recognise real achievement and untiring commitment from councils and communities making villages, towns and cities wonderful places to live, work and visit. 

“On behalf of NILGA, I would like to wish all Ulster entries every success in the 2017 RHS Britain in Bloom competition.”

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach, said: “Congratulations to all the groups on reaching the UK Finals of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign. To get this far is a fantastic achievement for all the groups and the armies of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make Britain a more beautiful place to live.

“That we have such a breadth of finalists is testament to the reach and relevance of the campaign, with finalists representing an incredibly diverse range of places, from small rural villages, right through to vast urban areas in our inner cities.

“We wish the Ulster finalists the very best of luck as they embark on a gardening year to remember.”  

For more information please contact Claire Weaver in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3043 or claireweaver@rhs.org.uk

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Notes to editors:

Full list of Britain in Bloom UK Finalists 2017:
The finalists were nominated following the regional stage of judging in 2016.

Entry Name

Category

Region / Nation

Aberdeen

Champion of Champions

Scotland

Aldridge

Urban Community

Heart of England

Altrincham

Large Town

North West

Ballymena

Large Town

Ulster

Barnoldswick

Town

North West

Belfast City

Large City

Ulster

Belper

Large Town

East Midlands

Blackburn Town Centre

BID (Business Improvement District)

North West

Bothwell

Small Town

Scotland

Bray

Small Village

Thames and Chilterns

Bury

Small City

North West

Cannington

Large Village

South West

Canterbury

Small City

South & South East

Chesham

Large Town

Thames and Chilterns

Clifton

Urban Community

South West

Colchester

Small City

Anglia

Coupar Angus

Large Village

Scotland

Croston

Large Village

North West

Cullybackey

Large Village

Ulster

Dalston

Large Village

Cumbria

Deal

Coastal <12,000

South & South East

Derry City

Small City

Ulster

Didsbury

Urban Community

North West

Donaghmore

Village

Ulster

Elswick

Champion of Champions

North West

Exeter

Small City

South West

Farnham

Large Town

South & South East

Filby

Village

Anglia

Forres

Town

Scotland

Halstead

Town

Anglia

Harrogate

Champion of Champions

Yorkshire

Hillsborough

Champion of Champions

Ulster

Hunstanton

Coastal <12,000

Anglia

Hutton Cranswick

Large Village

Yorkshire

Kendal

Large Town

Cumbria

Kilconquhar

Small Village

Scotland

Kirkcaldy

Small City

Scotland

Littleover

Urban Community

East Midlands

Llandudno

Coastal >12,000

Wales

London Borough of Ealing

Large City

London

London Borough of Hillingdon

Large City

London

London Borough of Islington

City

London

London Borough of Richmond

City

London

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

City

London

London Bridge

BID (Business Improvement District)

London

Mansfield BID

BID (Business Improvement District)

East Midlands

Market Bosworth

Large Village

East Midlands

Newcastle

Coastal <12,000

Ulster

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Small City

Heart of England

Newquay

Coastal >12,000

South West

North Berwick

Coastal <12,000

Scotland

Norwich

BID (Business Improvement District)

Anglia

Oadby & Wigston

Small City

East Midlands

Oldham

Champion of Champions

North West

Otley

Town

Yorkshire

Pebworth

Village

Heart of England

Pembrey and Burry Port

Town

Wales

Penrith BID

BID (Business Improvement District)

Cumbria

Ponteland

Small Town

Northumbria

Portishead

Champion of Champions

South West

Randalstown

Small Town

Ulster

Sark

Village

Guernsey

Sherborne

Town

South West

Sidmouth

Coastal <12,000

South West

Silloth on Solway

Coastal <12,000

Cumbria

St Aubin

Village

Jersey

St Helier

Coastal >12,000

Jersey

St Peter Port

Champion of Champions

Guernsey

St Saviour

Town

Jersey

Stanghow

Small Village

Northumbria

Starbeck

Urban Community

Yorkshire

Truro

Large Town

South West

Uddingston Pride

Urban Community

Scotland

Uppingham

Small Town

East Midlands

Usk

Large Village

Wales

Uttoxeter

Town

Heart of England

Walthamstow Village

Urban Community

London

Wareham

Small Town

South & South East

Whitby

Coastal <12,000

Yorkshire

 

RHS Britain in Bloom

·         The UK’s biggest community gardening campaign involves up to 300,000 passionate local volunteers who work year-round to keep our neighbourhoods and streets green, clean and thriving.

·         Bloom was started by the British Tourist Authority as a way to attract visitors to the UK through floral displays. In 2001, the RHS took over as organiser and has developed the campaign to include greater focus on community participation and environmental responsibility.

·         In 2006, the RHS launched a new grass roots level for Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) – which is aimed at small volunteer groups (such as youth groups, ‘Friends of’ groups, etc.) and has grown to over 1,800 groups.

·         Since 1964, Bloom has evolved from what many saw as a rural, hanging basket competition into a major socio-environmental campaign that is improving villages, towns and cities across the UK.

To find out more, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/communities, Facebook or Twitter (#ourbloom)

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