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Royal Horticultural Society Judges Coming to Randalstown in Bloom

20 July 2017

From Aberdeen in Scotland down to St Helier in Jersey, Randalstown is one of 78 finalists vying to win a Gold award in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) national Britain in Bloom competition. 

On Thursday 10 August, Tidy Randalstown will be visited by the RHS judges. The group will lead the pair of judges on a tour of the town. Tidy Randalstown is competing in the Small Town category of the quintessentially British competition, with hopes of being recognised as one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.  

Tidy Randalstown will be looking to impress the judges by showing them the very best of Northern Ireland’s community horticulture. The group’s entry will be assessed across three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Helen Boyd, Chair of Tidy Randalstown said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the judges to Randalstown. All the volunteers have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the judges’ arrival. We have been busy litter picking, watering and weeding so that our displays look their best for the big day.”

Each finalist will be awarded a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze medal when the results are announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October.

There is also an award for being the best in category, as well as special discretionary awards for achieving excellence in particular areas. These include involving children and young people, gardening in a changing climate and overcoming adversity.

Andrea Van-Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “The Britain in Bloom judging gives groups the chance to showcase all the wonderful work that they do, all year round: “Over the past year alone, our national finalists have planted over a million trees, shrubs, bulbs and other plants, making places greener and more sustainable, providing areas for the whole community to relax and enjoy. I wish all of this year’s finalists the very best of luck.”

Britain in Bloom is the UK’s biggest community gardening campaign – up to 300,000 volunteers are involved in transforming our villages, towns and cities into greener and more pleasant places to live.