East Midlands’ community gardeners took home a haul of medals at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Belfast last Friday night.
Six finalists were chosen to fly the flag for the region following success in the East Midlands in Bloom competition the previous year. A total of 76 groups from across the UK competed in 12 categories with each also vying for a gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medal.
Leicestershire market town Market Bosworth competed in the ‘best of the best’ Champion of Champions category scooping a gold medal and just missing out on the top prize to Truro in Cornwall.
Immingham in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire village Draycott were also awarded gold, while Elmton, the smallest village in the competition, and Northampton earned silver gilts. Evington in Leicester walked away with a silver medal. All battled what judges have declared the toughest year on record with communities nationwide fighting to keep blooms alive.
Market Bosworth delivered an outstanding entry, impressing the RHS judges with bold and unified planting schemes in the town centre, including at the Fire Station and Ye Olde Red Lion pub. Other highlights included a willow-woven war horse display commemorating the First World War centenary and support from local residents whose gardens were a sea of colour.
Meanwhile, port town Immingham wowed in the town category with its innovative displays that included boats and cranes while Draycott competed in the large village category and was praised for its community allotment in the Coach and Horses pub car park, church rainwater harvesting system and imaginative living wall.
The full results for the RHS Britain in Bloom finalists representing the East Midlands are:
|Champion of Champions
Finalists are judged on their horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility with the RHS judges visiting communities from the end of July after months of hot and dry weather.
Darren Share, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “This year’s finalists faced the most challenging conditions the competition has ever seen with much of the country under snow and ice at the start of spring followed by the joint-hottest summer on record.
“That so many groups have walked away with top medals is remarkable and a reflection of communities’ hard work, ingenuity and horticultural know-how.”
The East Midlands finalists collected their awards from Chris Bavin, presenter of BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom TV series and guest speaker at the awards ceremony.
The full results for RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 are here: www.rhs.org.uk/bloomawards2018.