Bloom­ing well done to Che­sham

Town is awarded sil­ver gilt in Bri­tain in Bloom con­test

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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

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