Britain in Bloom Gold

It was a golden night for Bournemouth at the Britain In Bloom 2018 Awards in Belfast.  Our town achieved a Gold standard in the category for Coastal Town with a population over 12,000. The award was presented by Chris Bevin, who hosts BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom TV series.

Nearly 500 people representing 76 communities across the UK attended the event at Belfast Waterfront. Finalists were judged on their horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility. RHS judges had visited participating cities, towns and villages during the summer. Darren Share, chairman 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.”

Bournemouth’s award was presented by Chris Bevin to Chris Colledge, chairman of Bournemouth In Bloom and Andy McDonald, head of Bournemouth Parks Operations.

The evening was hosted by garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair an award winning writer, a broadcaster and an elected member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society. The top award of ‘Champion of Champions’ was won by the Cornish city of Truro.

Thank you Jane Kelly, vice chairman of Bournemouth In Bloom, for your lovely photograph of Chris and Andy receiving Bournemouth’s certificate.