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What’s going on with Britain in Bloom?

What’s going on with Britain in Bloom?

In our last post we talked about how Britain in Bloom might look a little different this year due to lingering Covid regulations. Here, we look at what some of the different regions are doing and the inventive ways that people are managing Covid restrictions.

The summer months are usually the time that regional and national In Bloom judges descend upon villages, towns and cities in the UK to assess the work of the dedicated and talented volunteers and local authority staff who enter the competition. For some regions, it’s business as usual in 2021 with amendments made for social distancing and health and safety concerns. For other areas, face to face judging has been suspended in favour of a Covid-friendly virtual judging process. So what is going on with Britain in Bloom 2021?

The nationwide picture

The national competition is going ahead in a different format for 2021 with plans to return to face to face judging in 2022. This means that instead of Britain in Bloom, the RHS is running the virtual RHS Community Awards as a way of celebrating the hard work and dedication of In Bloom groups during the pandemic. Entrants will be able to present their work digitally through portfolios of photos, videos and short written descriptions. Thus the RHS is able to mark some great achievements in the face of difficult circumstances, while ensuring safe processes are in place.

Some regions have also modified their In Bloom competitions in light of the need for heightened safety procedures and uncertainty around Covid regulations which as we all know, can change frequently and at short notice.

Yorkshire in Bloom

RHS Yorkshire in Bloom took the “very hard decision” in 2021 to cancel the competitive element of the regional competition for the second year running. However, eager to celebrate the ongoing hard work of the area’s In Bloom groups, Yorkshire in Bloom has launched the “Best of Yorkshire” awards as an alternative. They are based around the three main elements of Britain in Bloom: Horticulture, Environment and Community. Successful entrants will receive a certificate of achievement.

Categories include:

  • By heck that’s good - for the best floral feature; traditional carpet bedded feature or themed garden display.​
  • On a wing and a prayer - the most impressive war memorial, cemetery or place of worship.
  • Community Litter Heroes - for individuals or groups who have helped keep their community clean.​
  • Young Bloomers - includes any project or activity encompassing resilience of young people.

Submissions should include written evidence (50-100 words) accompanied by a maximum of three photos.

Anglia in Bloom

Anglia in Bloom is also running a virtual competition this year with entrants able to enter as many categories as they wish, submitting up to 5 photos and a maximum of 50 words for each entry. Categories include spring planting displays, summer bedding displays, local authority planting, areas with sustainable planting and entries for public spaces.

Business as usual – with social distancing and safety paramount

Many other regions such East Midlands in Bloom, North West in Bloom and South West in Bloom are including face to face judging in their area competitions, but with strict Covid regulations in place to ensure social distancing and that all Covid-safe procedures are rigorously followed.

However your region has decided to manage the significant challenges posed by the pandemic, we wish all In Bloomers good luck with their entries – virtual or face to face.

And don’t forget that Amberol manufacture and supply a range of products that can help with Britain in Bloom entries now and in 2022, from self-watering planters to litter bins to picnic benches. Call 01773 830 930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk for more information.

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