Britain in Bloom on the BBC
Here at Amberol we thoroughly enjoy working in partnership with Britain in Bloom groups and it has been a real treat to watch the BBC2 show, Britain in Bloom and see so many of our self-watering planters used to such creative effect on the series.
A sense of pride
Britain in Bloom is presented by Chris Pavin whom many viewers will recognise from the BBC show, Eat Well for Less. On a mission to showcase the beautiful floral displays created each year, he also shines a spotlight on the hard work that goes into Britain in Bloom projects across the UK by teams of dedicated volunteers.
Diverse displays in a range of planters
Fifteen Britain in Bloom finalists from across the country were chosen for the show to reflect the diversity of what is by far, the UK’s largest community gardening competition, now in its 54th year. Chris Pavin joins each community gardening group as it prepares for its big moment – the arrival of the judges who will decide on whether they manage to gain that all-important Gold.
A history in flowers
Usk, a small market town in South-East Wales and a long-time Amberol customer, was the first town featured in the series. Despite a 36-year history of competing in Britain in Bloom, the team of gardeners worked in a spirit of innovation and with an aim of improving what is already a picture-perfect town for all the residents. A neglected paved area was transformed into a bee-friendly Girl Guides Garden and local primary school children proudly offered cherries and purple sprouting broccoli from their vegetable garden to the judges. With even the local fish and chip shop displaying truly stunning hanging baskets, it’s little wonder that Usk, also known as ‘the town of flowers’ was yet again awarded the coveted Gold award. And of course, the programme featured several stunning displays in Amberol’s self-watering planters.
Hard graft at Britain in Bloom
A successful end result usually involves lots of good old-fashioned hard work, and as the Britain in Bloom show demonstrates, nowhere is this more true than when it comes to creating the gardens and floral displays of Britain in Bloom. In Usk, a team of 30 volunteers gave up their bank holiday to spend a night transforming their town square in readiness for the judges. Another local resident described how she works in her own garden from 5.30pm until 1am every evening as judging day approaches.
It’s easy to think of Britain in Bloom as a competition designed to further prettify already idyllic market towns that have been entering the competition for decades. However, this is only one part of the picture. The show follows the story of a volunteer group in Breaston, Derbyshire as they compete for the very first time. Meanwhile, the Grimsby Britain in Bloom team decide to focus on what they can do to improve their polluted river. Oakham’s team may have a quintessentially English backdrop to work with, but they also have the issue of major roadworks on their doorstep. These challenges show that far from just being a way to make Britain look more beautiful, Britain in Bloom is a true force for good when it comes to fostering teamwork, community spirit and improving the environment.
If you would like some friendly advice on Amberol’s wide range of planters and containers featuring our self-watering Aquafeed system, call us on 0773 830 930.