Volunteers across the UK are gearing up to showcase their communities in the annual RHS UK Finals competition.
We think it is great that Prestatyn in Bloom is 1 of the 71 finalists and 1 of only 3 places in Wales.
We also feel good that the judging criteria has changed. Now it reflects the increasing importance of community involvement and environmental stewardship.
Therefore making projects like ours and a number of others in Prestatyn increasingly important.
This year’s top Bloomers hail from all corners of the UK, from the picturesque coastal village of Sark in Jersey.
To the urban heart of London, Canary Wharf and the Northern Irish city of Derry.
There are 71 entries in the UK Finals competition for 2019, which include seasoned entrants such as Harrogate, in Yorkshire.
Following a year’s rest for the group, and first-time entrants Bexhill on Sea, in Kent.
The coastal holiday town of Whitby will be hoping to impress judges with its new Alice in Wonderland-themed garden. Created in honour of the author Lewis Carroll who regularly stayed in the town.
Meanwhile Norwich in Bloom, which re-entered this year after a year off. Will be hoping that its microclimate and rich cultural heritage will help to create impressive displays in the City category.
2019 In Bloom marking criteria
The UK Finalist marking criteria has been updated for 2019 to reflect the increasing importance of community involvement and environmental stewardship.
From this year, 40 per cent of all marks will be awarded to efforts in horticulture, with 30 per cent each devoted to community and environment, instead of the previous split of 50, 25 and 25.
The RHS Britain in Bloom judges will visit each of the finalists in August. With the winners of each category announced at an awards ceremony in the autumn.
Check out the full list of 2019 Britain in Bloom finalists.
Be inspired by Bloom.
The BBC Two series that followed this quintessentially British competition in 2018 is also set to return this spring, featuring three of the 2019 UK Finalists – Pateley Bridge in Yorkshire, and Llandudno and Prestatyn, both in Wales.
If you’re interested in getting involved in Britain in Bloom, find out more.