Blooming well done to Chesham
Town is awarded silver gilt in Britain in Bloom contest
CHESHAM was one of two community gardening groups in the Thames and Chilterns area to be awarded Silver Gilt medals in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals.
The winners were announced last week at an awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales.
Bray and Chesham were chosen to fly the flag for the area following success in the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom competition the previous year.
The market town of Chesham, was a first time finalist in the national Britain in Bloom competition and awarded a Silver Gilt in the Large Town category.
Chesham was praised for its flower towers and hanging baskets in the town centre, strong support from the local business community and sea- sonal displays at The Queens Head and Wheelhouse Vets.
The town is also involved in a number of conservation initiatives including the monitoring of water voles and mink activity to support other local fauna.
Bray, near Maidenhead, competed in the Small Village category, revealing a high standard of horticulture throughout the village.
The two joined Britain in Bloom groups from across the UK at the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter and renowned garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair.
RHS judges visited the 78 finalists over the summer to assess each group against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.
Depending on the standard reached, a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze medal is awarded, with a winner in each category and discretionary awards for achieving excellence in particular fields.
Between them, this year’s Britain in Bloom finalists planted over a million trees, bulbs and other plants, transforming villages, towns and cities into green havens that lift people’s spirits and improve their wellbeing.
Roger Burnett, chairman of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “It’s a huge honour to witness how Britain in Bloom brings people together and the lengths that groups go to make their communities clean, green and beautiful. We saw an incredible diversity of different planting schemes, including wildflower meadows for wildlife, community food growing and plants chosen to cope with our changing climate.
“This year, the standard was as high as ever but what really stood out was the creativity and ingenuity that groups showed in tackling the specific challenges of their particular areas, whether that be lack of funding, local social issues or tricky site conditions.”
Britain in Bloom is now in its 53rd year and, for the first time, a new BBC Two series following the quintessentially British competition is set to air in spring 2018.
Chesham in Bloom members meet RHS judges back in July