Investing in the built environment costs money. Many of our customers have to balance the benefits of initiatives such as creating floral displays and keeping the streets tidy with shrinking budgets. So, is the money that is spent on community projects such as brightening community areas, entering Britain in Bloom and funding litter facilities and campaigns really worth it?
Friday 25th October was a very important date for many Britain in Bloom entrants up and down the country as it was the day that winners of the national Britain in Bloom awards were announced. 2019 marks the 55th year of the annual competition.
It’s easy to forget some of the often-unsung heroes of Britain in Bloom – the judges. Without these dedicated volunteers, Britain in Bloom wouldn’t exist. In our experience, the judges in Britain in Bloom are a friendly and supportive bunch, happy to offer advice and with a passion for improving the environment – that’s why they do what they do.
Summer means one thing for Britain in Bloom entrants – judges’ visits. The marking criteria for Britain in Bloom is well known to experienced entrants up and down the country. However, some modifications have been made to the marking scheme for 2019 to reflect the changing nature of the competition. So, it’s important that all entrants are aware of these changes when planning their regional and national judging tours.
Entering Britain in Bloom is a year-round project. All those involved, from professional grounds staff to volunteers will have invested hundreds of hours into planning, planting and promoting their entry, but all that effort can go to waste if the judging visit isn’t well-planned and executed.