Summer 2021 heralds the welcome return of the annual Britain in Bloom competition after last year’s necessary but disappointing cancellation due to restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic.
So, this year’s competition is extra special for many reasons. It will also be a little bit different. With the threat of Covid still lurking, various regions are organising their competitions in slightly different ways with contingencies in place should the situation around Covid suddenly change. Many In Bloom organisations are hoping to be able to have face to face assessments at their regional level, but arrangements will not be completely finalised until the next major government announcement on 21st June.
The national competition will also look different in 2021 and as a result, this year’s competition has been renamed the RHS Community Awards.
The awards aim to celebrate the amazing work and that has gone on during the pandemic, whilst making the safety of judges, participants and their communities paramount. So, although there will be no physical judging tours for the national finals, the awards will celebrate the many and varied achievements of In Bloom groups who have continued to improve and support their communities during the difficult last 12 months.
Who can enter the RHS Community Awards? In Bloom groups that have excelled in previous years have been invited to represent their regions. Instead of a physical judging tour, entrants will showcase their work digitally through photos, short videos and accompanying descriptions. An RHS panel of experts will judge the entries, with results announced in September.
The awards are comprised of five categories:
So, while Britain in Bloom 2021 may not look like previous years, there is still much to celebrate and applaud. We would like to congratulate everyone taking part in this year’s competition at both regional and national levels and wish you all the very best of luck.
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