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Monday 8 October 2012

Broughshane scoops top award at RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2012

Broughshane, in County Antrim, was awarded the ultimate community gardening prize by the world’s leading gardening charity last night. It won the RHS Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions category meaning the large village is arguably the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful location in Britain.

Matt Baker, host of BBC TV’s The One Show, presented the prestigious awards ceremony held in St Peter Port, Guernsey and attended by 450 community gardening champions.

More than 1,200 UK communities, from big cities to wee villages, participate each year in the RHS campaign to green-up and clean-up Britain. Of these, just 72 finalists were chosen to represent their region/nation in the 2012 UK Finals.

A record 24 Gold medals were awarded along with 37 Silver-Gilts*, proving that Britain’s best towns, villages and cities truly are being transformed through gardening.

Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Judging Panel, Roger Burnett, led a team of 14 volunteer judges who toured the UK in July and August visiting each finalist. They marked against three key criteria - horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Roger said: “We had the privilege and pleasure of visiting the most environmentally aware communities in Britain and meeting the wonderful people responsible for them. The best thing about being a judge is meeting the volunteers. They’re hard-working and resilient – whatever’s thrown at them, whether it’s a hosepipe ban or flooding, they’ll find a way around it. It’s a hugely comforting thought to know that there are over 200,000 Britain in Bloom volunteers across the UK.”

Judge John Woodward, who visited Broughshane, described it as “a shining example”. He said: “25 years ago, the town was a centre of sectarian problems and the idea of a cohesive community seemed an unlikely possibility. Years of solid hard work and vision under the motto ‘Plants, people and pride growing together’ have turned Broughshane into an area of beauty, warmth and charm that has a future as bright as its flowers. Come and visit to see for yourself.”

Last year, the RHS released a report demonstrating how RHS Britain in Bloom benefits the physical, social and economic health of the country. It revealed that being involved in the campaign was a key factor in driving visitors and investment into areas, thus improving economic wellbeing. Local businesses flourish, jobs are created and local authorities save a vast amount of money. Through Britain in Bloom activities, for example, Broughshane (once a derelict village with only one service) now enjoys 150,000 visitors a year and has a number of services, employing 300 local people.

Several discretionary awards were also given to communities and individuals who demonstrated excellence in a particular area of the campaign. These included awards for young people’s involvement, environmental sustainability and community-wide participation, among others.**



Notes to editors

For more information, pictures or to arrange interviews please contact Ed Horne on 0207 821 3356 (0777619 3226) or edhorne@rhs.org.uk

Image: Broughshane volunteers getting stuck in.

RHS Britain in Bloom 2012 National Final Awards:

Region / Country - Entry Name - Category - Award
Anglia - Norwich - City - Silver Gilt
Anglia - Great Yarmouth - Coastal Over 12k - Silver Gilt
Anglia - Huntingdon - Large Town - Silver Gilt
Anglia - Halstead - Town - Gold & Category Winner
Anglia - Moor (Huntingdon) - Urban Community - Bronze
Anglia - Filby - Village - Silver Gilt
Cumbria - Windermere - Town - Silver
Cumbria - Cartmel - Village - Silver Gilt
East Midlands - Cleethorpes - Champion of Champions - Gold
East Midlands - Northampton - City - Silver
East Midlands - Belper - Large Town - Gold & Category Winner
East Midlands - Market Bosworth - Large Village - Gold & Category Winner
East Midlands - Loughborough - Small City - Gold & Category Winner
Guernsey - Herm - Coastal Up to 12k - Gold
Heart of England - Birmingham - Large City - Gold & Category Winner
Heart of England - Stone - Large Town - Silver Gilt
Heart of England - Kings Heath (Birmingham) - Urban Community - Silver Gilt
Jersey - Grouville - Coastal Up to 12k - Silver Gilt
Jersey - St Helier - Large Town - Silver Gilt
London - Westminster - City - Silver Gilt
London - Hillingdon - Large City - Silver Gilt
London - London Bridge (Southwark) - Urban Community - Silver
North West - Oldham City Silver Gilt & Category Winner
North West - Lytham - Coastal Up to 12k - Gold & Joint Category Winner
North West -Wigan - Large City - Silver Gilt
North West - Nantwich - Town - Silver Gilt
North West - Seedley & Langworthy (Salford) Urban Community Silver
North West - Chipping Village Silver Gilt
Northumbria - Stockton-on-Tees Champion of Champions Gold
Northumbria - Sunderland Large City Silver Gilt
Northumbria - Warkworth Large Village Silver Gilt
Northumbria - Sedgefield Small Town Gold
Northumbria - Stanghow Small Village Gold & Category Winner
Northumbria - Morpeth Town Silver Gilt
Scotland - Forres Champion of Champions Gold
Scotland - Aberdeen City Silver Gilt
Scotland - North Berwick Coastal Up to 12k Gold & Joint Category Winner
Scotland - Dumfries Large Town Silver Gilt
Scotland - Melrose Large Village Gold
Scotland - Linlithgow Town Silver Gilt
Scotland - Dyce (Aberdeen) Urban Community Silver
Scotland - Muthill Village Silver Gilt
South - Gosport Small City Silver
South - Wimborne Small Town Gold & Category Winner
South East - Herne Bay Coastal Over 12k Silver Gilt & Category Winner
South East - Chichester Large Town Silver
South East - Tatsfield Large Village Silver Gilt
South East - Crawley Small City Silver Gilt
South West - Thornbury Champion of Champions Gold
South West - Sidmouth Coastal Over 12k Silver
South West - Truro Large Town Gold
South West - Taunton Small City Silver Gilt
South West - Newquay Town Silver Gilt
South West - St Issey Village Silver Gilt
Thames & Chilterns -  Woodstock Small Town Silver Gilt
Thames & Chilterns - Bray Small Village Silver Gilt
Ulster - Broughshane Champion of Champions Gold & Category Winner
Ulster - Bangor Coastal Over 12k Silver
Ulster - Hillsborough Large Village Silver Gilt
Ulster - Ahoghill Small Town Gold
Ulster - Scarva Small Village Silver Gilt
Wales - Tenby Coastal Up to 12k Silver Gilt
Wales - Rhyl Large Town Silver
Wales - Chirk (Wrexham) Urban Community Gold & Joint Category Winner
Yorkshire - Filey Coastal Up to 12k Silver Gilt
Yorkshire - Leeds Large City Gold
Yorkshire - Knaresborough Large Town Silver Gilt
Yorkshire - Hutton Cranswick Large Village Silver Gilt
Yorkshire - Harrogate Small City Gold
Yorkshire - Addingham Small Town Silver Gilt
Yorkshire - Kippax (Leeds) Urban Community Gold & Joint Category Winner
Yorkshire - Spofforth Village Gold & Category Winner

**RHS Britain in Bloom Discretionary Awards:

Entry - Winner - Award
Birmingham - Horticulture
St Helier - Sustainable Landscaping
Newquay - Hendra Caravan Park - Commercial
Leeds (St George’s Crypt) & Stone - Young People
Lytham - St Bede's High School - School
Kippax (Leeds) - Conservation & Wildlife
Thornbury Community Composting Site - Environmental Responsibility
Oldham - Pride of Place
Herm & Great Yarmouth - Tourism
Chirk (Wrexham) - Heritage
Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park - Public Park
Loughborough - Community
Dr Stan da Prato (North Berwick) - Community Champion
Jim Leak (Lytham) - Community Champion
Marion Wright (Filey) - Community Champion
Shaun Cregan (Taunton) - Community Champion
Ruth Growney (Crawley) - Community Champion
Wallace Elder (Ahoghill) - Community Champion
Anthony Oliver (Wimborne) - Community Champion
Pat Samy (Kippax) - Community Champion
Jackie Allen (Chirk) - Community Champion
Anne Colbort & Peter Jackson (Huntingdon) - Community Champion
Leonard Anderson (Scarva) - Community Champion
John Woodward - Outstanding Contribution
Clive Addison - Outstanding Contribution

About RHS Britain in Bloom
RHS Britain in Bloom is the UK’s largest community gardening campaign, involving more than 200,000 people. As part of RHS Britain in Bloom / and its sister campaign, RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood - volunteers in cities, towns, villages, urban communities and neighbourhoods work together to improve their local environment, using gardening as a tool.
To find out more, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/communities

Get Involved Map
The online map enables volunteers to find and contact their local community gardening groups and schools registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. There are thousands of opportunities to get involved with community gardening groups and schools around the UK. To search through more than 1,000 “in Bloom” groups, 1,100 Its Your Neighbourhood groups, 13,000 schools and 1,235 affiliated clubs and societies, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/getinvolved

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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