Truro wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2018

Saturday 20 October 2018

  • Cornish city crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in UK-wide community gardening competition
  • Truro beat the heat to win in the most challenging year on record for gardeners
  • 76 communities celebrate success, with over half walking away with gold medal

Truro in Bloom (credit: RHS / Jim Wileman)

Cornish city Truro has been awarded top prize and crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.

Winning the title for the first time in the competition’s 54-year history, Truro battled what judges have declared the toughest year on record with communities nationwide fighting to keep blooms alive.

To beat the heat, Truro opted for exotic, drought-tolerant planting including cacti, palms and Mediterranean herbs and employed a purpose built solar powered rainwater harvesting system, wowing the judges with more than a thousand hanging baskets and floral features, urban tree plantings and a community orchard. Truro also benefitted from an unusual partnership with the local council which sees the parks department, local businesses and residents work together on issues ranging from planning and decision-making to volunteering, plant donations and discounts.

The city saw off competition from Sidmouth, Didsbury, Market Bosworth, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Usk for the title with a total of 76 communities competing across 12 categories that include best village, urban community and Business Improve District. Each is nominated for the UK finals based on their regional success and judged on their horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility, taking home either a gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medal.

Truro’s exceptional efforts earned them a gold medal, giving the South West a total haul of six – the highest of any competing region. Other category winners include Aberdeen with its tranquil hospital roof garden and Durham which boasts colourful and creative roundabout displays.

Darren Share, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “Congratulations to Truro who aren’t far off turning the city centre into one big garden with imaginative plantings and practical partnerships. To create such an outstanding entry in the searing heat and drought conditions is testament to the hard work and commitment that the whole community puts in.”

Truro were presented with their trophy at the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 awards ceremony, held last night in Belfast. The event was fronted by Chris Bavin, presenter of BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom TV series.

Truro will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Lancashire village Elswick who were crowned Champion of Champions in 2017.

Volunteer Paul Hayhurst said: ““Since winning, there’s been a staggering amount of interest - we’ve had visitors from all over the country and nearby villages have been inspired to set up their own groups. One couple even moved here after seeing us on television and now volunteer.”

The full results from the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 UK Finals are listed below.


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RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 UK Finals

Full results (finalists listed alphabetically and category winners highlighted):

Entry Category Region/Nation Award
Aberdeen City Scotland Gold and category winner
Amersham Town Thames & Chilterns Gold
Ballymena Large Town Ulster Gold
Bankside Urban Community London Silver
Belfast City Ulster Gold
Beverley Large Town Yorkshire Silver Gilt
Bothel Village Cumbria Silver Gilt
Bournemouth Coastal (over 12k) South Gold
Bury St Edmunds Large Town Anglia Gold
Castlecaulfield Village Ulster Gold and category winner
Chipping Village North West Silver Gilt
City of London Town London Gold
Clovelly Village South West Gold
Colwyn Bay Large Town Wales Gold
Congleton Large Town North West Gold
Cranbrook Small Town South East Silver Gilt
Dalston Large Village Cumbria Gold
Deal Coastal (over 12k) South East Silver Gilt
Derry Small City Ulster Gold
Didsbury Champion of Champions North West Gold
Draycott Large Village East Midlands Gold
Durham Small City Northumbria Gold and category winner
East Haven Coastal (under 12k) Scotland Gold and category winner
Elmton Village East Midlands Silver Gilt
Evington Urban Community East Midlands Silver
Falkirk BIDs, Town & City Centres Scotland Gold
Falmouth Coastal (over 12k) South West Gold
Filey Coastal (under 12k) Yorkshire Gold
Fishguard & Goodwick Coastal (under 12k) Wales Silver Gilt
Forest Parish Large Village Guernsey Gold
Gorey Village Jersey Silver Gilt
Halesowen Urban Community Heart of England Silver Gilt and category winner
Ham & Petersham Small Town London Silver Gilt
Hillsborough Large Village Ulster Gold and category winner
Hunstanton Coastal (under 12k) Anglia Gold
Immingham Town East Midlands Gold
Kingsbridge Small Town South West Gold and category winner
Leeds BIDs, Town & City Centres Yorkshire Silver Gilt
Linlithgow Town Scotland Gold and category winner
Lytham Coastal (under 12k) North West Gold
Market Bosworth Champion of Champions East Midlands Gold
Morpeth Town Northumbria Gold
Newcastle-under-Lyme Champion of Champions Heart of England Gold
Northampton City East Midlands Silver Gilt
Norwich City Anglia Silver Gilt
Oswestry Large Town Heart of England Silver Gilt
Paddington BIDs, Town & City Centres London Silver Gilt
Penrith Large Town Cumbria Silver Gilt
Perth Large Town Scotland Gold and category winner
Ponteland Small Town Northumbria Gold
Reading City Thames & Chilterns Silver Gilt
Rhuddlan Small Town Wales Gold
Rochdale Small City North West Gold
Royal Tunbridge Wells Large Town South East Silver Gilt
Scholes Large Village Yorkshire Silver Gilt
Shrewsbury Small City Heart of England Gold
Sidmouth Champion of Champions South West Gold
Spofforth Village Yorkshire Gold
St Austell BIDs, Town & City Centres South West Silver Gilt
St Clement Coastal (under 12k) Jersey  Silver Gilt 
St Helier Coastal (over 12k)  Jersey  Gold and category winner 
Stanwix Urban Community Cumbria Silver Gilt
Tanfield Village Northumbria Silver Gilt
Tewkesbury Town Heart of England Silver Gilt
Thornbury Town South West Gold
Truro Champion of Champions South West Gold and category winner
Ulverston Town Cumbria Silver
Upton Large Village Heart of England   Gold 
Usk  Champion of Champions  Wales  Gold
Wareham Small Town  South  Silver Gilt 
Whalley Small Town   North West   Gold
Wimborne Town South   Silver Gilt
Wisbech BIDs, Town & City Centres  Anglia  Gold and category winner
Woburn   Village  Anglia  Silver 
Wolfscastle Village  Wales Gold 
Wolverton and Greenleys  Urban Community  Thames & Chilterns  Silver Gilt 

 Britain in Bloom with the RHS Discretionary Awards:

The RHS Britain in Bloom Discretionary Award nominees and winners are selected by the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Judging Panel to recognise excellence in particular areas.

Involving Children and Young People
Recognising the efforts of a finalist or group in engaging with, supporting, and inspiring, the younger members of the community.

  • Amersham, Thames & Chilterns

Growing Communities
Recognising the commitment of a finalist to using Britain in Bloom as a springboard for supporting and growing their communities.

  • Aberdeen, Scotland

Gardening in a Changing Climate
Recognising the commitment of a finalist or group to sustainable environmental practices in horticulture.

  • Sidmouth, South West

Wild About Gardens
Recognising commitment of a finalist or group to supporting wildlife through gardening, based on the aims of the RHS and Wildlife Trust ongoing campaign to inspire people to garden for wildlife.

  • Joint winners: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Heart of England and Ballymena, Ulster

Parks and Green Spaces Award
Recognising a publicly owned park or green space (free at the point of entry) and managed for the benefit of the local community. Nominees must be of the very highest quality and there must be evidence of a high level of community ownership and of adequate and sustainable resources to maintain and develop the space in the longer term.

  • Perth, Scotland

Community Champions
Presented to individuals who demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to the Britain in Bloom cause in their community. This is a volunteer who has gone over and above to make their Bloom campaign a success.

  • Steve Catanach, Amersham
  • Kay Laverty, Gorey
  • Tom Lowdon, Perth
  • Brian Massingham, Wisbech
  • Bob McClure, Castlecaulfield
  • Julia Moffett, Fishguard & Goodwick
  • Wendy Murray, East Haven
  • Joyce Shaw, Beverley
  • Ron Smith, Linlithgow

Britain in Bloom with the RHS

  • 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 organisers and have 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.)
  • Since 1964, Bloom has evolved from what many saw as a rural hanging basket competition to a major socio-environmental campaign that is improving villages, towns and cities across the UK

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

We are currently investing over £160 million into the future of horticulture, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit

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