Britain in Bloom 2018 national awards announced
The national Britain in Bloom finals are always a great celebration of the fantastic community spirit and dedication that goes into the competition every year – and 2018 was no exception.
Friday 19th October marked the pinnacle for 76 hard working Britain in Bloom groups as the national awards, now in their 54th year, were handed out at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall in front of an audience of 500 people.
In Bloomers competed across 12 different categories as well as for special discretionary awards. In addition to the traditional categories such as Champion of Champions, Large Village and Small City, a new award has also been introduced for 2018. In this category, town and city centres are being recognised for maintaining and developing green spaces in urban areas due to their positive impact on general wellbeing, flood prevention and wildlife.
Champion of Champions recognised for planning and collaboration
Amongst the happy winners were Amberol customers Truro who were awarded the top prize of ‘Champion of Champions’. Judges were impressed by the Cornish town’s pragmatic approach to dealing with potential summer heat and drought by planting drought-tolerant plants like cacti, palms and herbs. Volunteers also built a solar-powered rainwater harvesting system, which watered more than a thousand hanging baskets, floral features, urban tree plantings and a community orchard. Truro was also commended by judges as a great example of collaboration between volunteers and the council’s parks department as well as businesses, schools and community groups. And of course, using Amberol’s self-watering planters is an important part of any strategy to combat drought conditions.
You can see the full list of Britain in Bloom winners here.
Why we all benefit from Britain in Bloom
As an organisation that works with Britain in Bloom entrants across the country at both regional and national level, we feel that all there are certainly no losers in Britain in Bloom. Just by entering, people are making a vital commitment to making the place where they live, work or visit, better. At Amberol, we call it ‘making a visible difference’. The greening and maintenance of our public spaces is crucial to the local economy as well as people’s general wellbeing and community spirit.
We never fail to be impressed by the dedication and talent of all those taking part but of course we are always particularly delighted to see our customers do well. 2018 saw around 25 recent Amberol customers making it all the way to the national Britain in Bloom final with many walking away with the coveted Gold – or even as category winners.