Shrewsbury is Blooming Ready For Judging

Judging for the 50th national finals of RHS Britain in Bloom
gets under way (28 July - 8 August) 

Shrewsbury's green-fingered volunteers have been busy putting the finishing touches to their Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign in preparation for the judges' imminent arrival on Wednesday 30 July 2014. 

Last summer, 71 locations* were selected to represent their region/nation in this year's final, each hoping to score top marks and be announced category winner at the awards ceremony in Bristol on 16 October 2014. Shrewsbury is in the Champion of Champions category, alongside City of London, Glenrothes, Ahoghill and Woolton (Liverpool). 

This year the UK's largest community gardening campaign celebrates its 50th anniversary and thousands of volunteers in cities, towns and villages across the country have been busy ‘Growing for Gold' in celebration of this momentous year. 

There are more than 3,900 Bloom groups throughout Britain whose work benefits millions of UK residents by keeping our neighbourhoods and streets green, clean and thriving. 

RHS judges Mark Wasilewski and Brendan Mowforth will meet community representatives and go on a tour of local projects, assessing In Bloom campaigns against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility. Communities hope to receive a Bronze, Silver, Silver-Gilt or Gold award, depending on their level of achievement. 

For one year only Jim Buttress, BBC Great Allotment Challenge Judge and former head judge of RHS Britain In Bloom returns to the panel. Along with his fellow judges, Jim will be inspecting everything from the usual bedding displays to local recycling initiatives as well as natural habitats and conservation areas. Judges will also be taking sustainable practices and inventive schemes to raise money to fund projects into account. 

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Regional Development said: ""The groups that have made it to the final stages represent the very best in community gardening and it is their passion and community spirit that have got them this far. I wish all the finalists the very best of luck and urge more people to get involved in the campaign so that we can continue to grow on the success of the last 50 years."

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