Scottish finalists go for gold in RHS Britain in Bloom 2019
Now in its 55th year, the fiercely fought contest will see 71 UK finalists put their horticultural skills, community spirit and green credentials to the test.
Representing Scotland will be six Beautiful Scotland groups: Brig in Bloom in Perth, Dumfermline Delivers, Blooming Haddington, Growing Kirkcaldy and St Andrews in Bloom and Beautiful Perth.
Beautiful Scotland, which we run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), brings communities together to help clean up and beautify the places that matter to them - and recognises the efforts of volunteers across Scotland as they work to enhance their own community.
After their success as part of our Beautiful Scotland campaign last year, these groups were put forward to and will be scored by a team of RHS judges in the summer.
This year, finalists will compete across 12 categories with Beautiful Perth hand-picked by the judges for the prestigious Champion of Champions category based on their exceptional past performance. They join St Helier, Durham, Kingsbridge in Devon and Castlecaulfield in Northern Ireland to vie for the top title.
Chair of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share said:
“Britain in Bloom isn’t just about spectacular floral displays and making our villages, towns and cities beautiful to live in and visit. Many of this year’s finalists are on the frontline of tackling some of the UK’s biggest challenges such as climate change, plastic waste on beaches and declining pollinator populations. The thousands of volunteers that will compete in this year’s competition are a barometer for growing trends and the importance and impact of greening our communities. I can’t wait to see their tremendous efforts this summer.”
Juliette Camburn, Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:
“We are delighted that six of Scotland’s communities will represent the country in the RHS Britain in Bloom finals in 2019. Together with the RHS, we have supported the work of these communities to make the places they love – be it a city, town or village – clean, green and sustainable and it’s wonderful to see them compete at UK level.
“We wish the Scottish finalists, all winners in our Beautiful Scotland campaign, the very best of luck for 2019.”
The RHS Britain in Bloom judges will visit the finalists during judging fortnight which starts on 29th July. The winners of each category and finalists’ medals – ranging from Gold to Bronze – will be announced in October.
For more information on the groups taking part please see our 2018 entrants pages
21 January 2019