Britain in Bloom 2017 entry.
For immediate release:February 2017
Uppingham in Bloom to Compete in
2017 RHS Britain in Bloom Awards
Bloom group to represent The East Midlands in UK-wide competition
Uppingham in Bloom has been selected to represent The East Midlands in the Small Town category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.
The group will join 78 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.
Uppingham in Bloom was chosen for the group’s commitment to environmental responsibility, high levels of community participation and outstanding gardening achievements.
Between them, the 12 volunteers who participate in Uppingham in Bloom will be instrumental in leading new projects this year. We have developed a memorial Horn beam avenue on Tods piece park, also community tree planting as part of a heritage tree trail around Uppingham. We have joined forces with the local Rotary group to plant thousands of purple crocus bulbs to raise awareness of the eradication of polio campaign. Other spring bulb planting, purchasing new planters for the town, upgrading the community garden at Leicester rd allotments and keeping Uppingham free of weeds with our new weed ball wands will keep the team busy.
The group’s efforts will contribute to the millions of bulbs, seasonal plants, perennials, shrubs and trees being planted around the UK by over 2,500 Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups, transforming hard grey areas into green spaces that benefit both people and the environment.
In August the group will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their area 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.
Pam Dalby Chair of Uppingham in Bloom said: “We are delighted to have been invited for the second time to enter the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. Another busy year awaits, planning for the East Midlands in Bloom competition as well as Britain in Bloom. Our small team will be working hard throughout Uppingham keeping our floral displays and new projects looking fabulous. We aim to showcase our small but perfectly formed historic town to the whole country. We are proud to live in such a beautiful town.”
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Congratulations to Uppingham in Bloomon reaching the UK Finals of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.
“To represent their region on the UK stage is an incredible achievement and shows they are already at the top level of community gardening, going the extra mile to improve their local area and make it cleaner, greener and more beautiful for everyone.”
For more information please contact:Pamela Dalby, 07730050881, firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.
We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.
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