Ripon and Starbeck to represent Yorkshire in the RHS Britain in Bloom finals 2013

flowerRipon and Starbeck in Harrogate have been selected from more than 1,000 entrants to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2013, the country’s biggest voluntary campaign which involves more than 300,000 people.

Starbeck (Harrogate) is one of 80 finalists* and is in the Urban Community category while Ripon is representing Yorkshire in the large town category.



Yorkshire made the nominations to the UK stage of the competition following regional and national judging last year. Starbeck (Harrogate) was selected for outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement.

In July / August this year, Starbeck (Harrogate)’s green-fingered volunteers will be showing off their commitment to a cleaner, greener Britain, by taking the Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of local projects and initiatives in a hope of being awarded Gold and being named category winner at the annual award ceremony, this year being held in Cleethorpes in October.

Andrea Van Sittart, Head of Regional Development, said:

Thanks to the legacy of London 2012, the power of volunteering has never been more widely recognised or appreciated. Britain in Bloom saw a 30% uplift in sign-ups over the past year and this year, we have a record number of finalists. It seems more people are prepared to donate time and energy to projects like this, because they’re aware that improving their neighbourhoods can change lives and boost people’s confidence, health and happiness. The Britain in Bloom campaign is making a difference, and people want to be a part of that.

On behalf of the RHS, I’d like to wish every volunteer from Starbeck (Harrogate) the very best of luck in this year’s UK Finals and look forward to celebrating with you all in October.

The kind of projects undertaken by Britain in Bloom volunteers, which judges will be assessing, include maintenance of parks and communal gardens, the management of natural spaces such as wildflower meadows and conservation areas, community initiatives to promote recycling and environmental awareness, and projects to involve local schools and residents.**

Started in 1964 by the British Tourist Board as a way of marketing the country through floral displays, today Britain in Bloom is a campaign that brings communities together to enhance the look, feel and pride of a place, through gardening and environmental projects. Although the campaign runs all year round, the run-up to the judges’ tour is a time when communities throughout the UK unite and redouble their efforts.

For more information on RHS Britain in Bloom and to download a copy of Britain in Bloom: transforming local communities visit www.rhs.org.uk/communities



 

Finalist

Category

Region / Nation

Colchester

Small City

Anglia

Filby

Village

Anglia

Great Yarmouth

Coastal (over 12,000)

Anglia

Halstead

Champion of Champions

Anglia

Levington

Small Village

Anglia

Mancroft, The Lanes (Norwich)

Urban Community

Anglia

Norwich

City

Anglia

Wisbech

Large Town

Anglia

Cartmel

Village

Cumbria

Windermere

Town

Cumbria

Barton in Fabis

Small Village

East Midlands

Caistor

Large Village

East Midlands

Cleethorpes

Coastal (over 12,000)

East Midlands

Grimsby

Small City

East Midlands

Market Harborough

Large Town

East Midlands

Oakham

Town

East Midlands

The Meadows (Nottingham)

Urban Community

East Midlands

Herm

Champion of Champions

Guernsey

St Pierre du Bois

Large Village

Guernsey

Aldridge (Walsall)

Urban Community

Heart of England

Biddulph

Large Town

Heart of England

Pembridge

Village

Heart of England

Shrewsbury

Small City

Heart of England

St Brelade

Coastal (up to 12,000)

Jersey

St Helier

Large Town

Jersey

City of London

Town

London

London Borough of Hillingdon

Large City

London

London Borough of Richmond

City

London

London Bridge (Southwark)

Urban Community

London

Bury

Small City

North West

Colne

Large Town

North West

Elswick

Village

North West

Freckleton

Town

North West

Garstang

Small Town

North West

Lytham

Champion of Champions

North West

Woolton (Liverpool)

Urban Community

North West

Eston (Middlesbrough)

Urban Community

Northumbria

Moorsholm

Village

Northumbria

Morpeth

Town

Northumbria

Sedgefield

Small Town

Northumbria

Stockton-on-Tees

City

Northumbria

Stanghow

Champion of Champions

Northumbria

Aberdour Village

Coastal (up to 12,000)

Scotland

Blairgowrie & Rattray

Town

Scotland

Coupar Angus

Large Village

Scotland

Edinburgh

Large City

Scotland

Glenrothes

Large Town

Scotland

North Berwick

Champion of Champions

Scotland

Uddingston (Glasgow)

Urban Community

Scotland

Bolnore Village (Haywards Heath)

Urban Community

South & South East

Eynsford

Large Village

South & South East

Tunbridge Wells

Large Town

South & South East

Alton

Large Town

South & South East

Bournemouth

Coastal (over 12,000)

South & South East

Bath

Small City

South West

Bristol

Large City

South West

Clifton (Bristol)

Urban Community

South West

Dartmouth

Coastal (up to 12,000)

South West

Falmouth

Coastal (over 12,000)

South West

Newquay

Town

South West

St Issey

Village

South West

Bracknell

Small City

Thames & Chilterns

Henley on Thames

Town

Thames & Chilterns

Watlington

Large Village

Thames & Chilterns

Ahoghill

Small Town

Ulster

Bangor

Coastal (over 12,000)

Ulster

Coleraine

Large Town

Ulster

Derry City

Small City

Ulster

Hillsborough

Large Village

Ulster

Scarva

Small Village

Ulster

Colwyn Bay

Large Town

Wales

Prestatyn

Coastal (over 12,000)

Wales

Usk

Large Village

Wales

Barwick-in-Elmet

Large Village

Yorkshire

Garforth

Town

Yorkshire

Hunmanby

Small Town

Yorkshire

Luddenden

Village

Yorkshire

Ripon

Large Town

Yorkshire

Starbeck (Harrogate)

Urban Community

Yorkshire

York

City

Yorkshire


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