With regional and national judging visits fast approaching, Britain in Bloom groups across the UK will be busy preparing for the countrywide return of face-to-face judging after a two-year hiatus.
The national finals will see judges visiting a total of 46 community gardening groups, including seven Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Entrants have been tasked with meeting more extensive environmental criteria designed to ensure that elements of sustainability and planet-friendly gardening are incorporated into projects.
As always, Amberol’s customers are well-represented in the list of national finalists, so in advance of the summer judging, we shining the spotlight on some of our shortlisted customers.
Although the beautiful Channel Island of Herm has just 65 permanent residents, the island has had much success in Britain in Bloom, including winning a RHS Community Award in 2021 in the category of Planting with Purpose for its Zen Garden which was praised by judges for revitalising an "unkempt and forgotten area". The project aimed to use horticulture to help reduce mental health issues and the sense of isolation caused by lockdown measures. We very much look forward to seeing what this group of dedicated residents have in store for the judges in 2022.
This Scottish seaside town sits on the southern coast of the Firth of Forth and offers a range of attractions for residents and visitors, from golf courses to gardens – as well as a stunning natural environment.
North Berwick in Bloom was set up in the early 1990s inspired by the tradition of local businesses planting up hanging baskets during the summer months. Current initiatives carried out by the In Bloom group includes the creation of metre squared pallet gardens which are entered into the Gardening Scotland competition every year. The group has also worked hard on transforming the town’s railway station, using Amberol self-watering planters which were awash with beautiful spring flowers earlier this year.
Heading hundreds of miles south, we come to coastal finalist Sidmouth in Bloom. This picturesque Devonshire seaside town also has a successful track record in Britain in Bloom, winning an RHS Achievement Award for Cultivating your Community in 2021. The group’s current projects include holding ‘Spruce Up Sidmouth’ weekends as well as a week of events around the “Secluded Gardens of Sidmouth’. No doubt they will have something special for the judges to view in 2022.
Based on the Isle of Wight, Sandown Green Town Volunteers were also winners of Amberol’s quarterly photo competition in Summer 2021. The winning photo showed Amberol’s self-watering Oval planters which were located all along the town’s High Street. The town was awarded Gold in Britain in Bloom and in 2021 and are now gearing up for the national finals with recent planting taking place around the town library and esplanade. The group is also celebrating recently receiving the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Amberol finalists in this category include:
Mentioned in the Doomsday book, the Norfolk village of Filby has an active group of volunteers who meet every Saturday to carry out a range of tasks from planting to litter picks – in fact, whatever needs doing to keep their village looking good. The village won Gold in the 2019 Britain in Bloom competition and volunteers work hard to raise awareness of the group within the community. As well as creating displays and keeping the village tidy, Filby In Bloom also sells a range of branded products including fudge and shortbread – there is even a 500 piece jigsaw depicting scenes from around the village!
The Northumbrian village of Washington has had an active In Bloom group since 2002. Since that time, the group has forged strong links with different parts of the community, particularly local schools and the nearby National Trust property, Old Hall. Supported by Sunderland City Council, volunteers from Washington in Bloom gather most Sunday mornings to work their magic around the village. The group was delighted to win Gold in Northumbria in Bloom in 2021, as well as taking home the title of Overall Winner. Preparations for the 2022 national final include planting ‘hundreds and hundreds’ of bedding plants in May.
Good luck to all the entrants and watch this space for updates on more Amberol national finalists.
Britain in Bloom judging reports often remark upon the inclusion of self-watering planters, commending their use for conservation purposes as well as for ease of maintenance. And, because water and nutrients are accessible as and when needed, using Amberol’s self-watering planters helps ensure optimal growth, so your floral displays look good and edible plants crop well.
For more information about Amberol’s self-watering planters, litter bins, benches, picnic tables and planterware, call 01773 830 930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.