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Cornish city scoops top prize in Britain in Bloom
Champagne corks are popping in Truro, having just bagged top prize in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom (BIB) awards. Winning the Champion of Champions title for the first time in the competition’s 54year history, Truro beat off stiff competition from 76 shortlisted communities competing across 12 categories.
Communities across the country were also all engaged in a battle to keep blooms alive during the long, hot summer. Cannily, Truro opted for droughttolerant planting, including cacti, palm trees and Mediterranean herbs, employing a solarpowered rainwater harvesting system to keep plants moist.
More than 1,000 hanging baskets, floral features, tree plantings and a community orchard also helped to swing the judges’ vote in their favour, with Darren Share, Chair of the BIB judges, commenting: “Truro aren’t far off turning the city centre into one big garden, with imaginative plantings and practical partnerships.”
The South West was the highest performing region with a haul of six gold medals. Other areas also did well, with Ulster in Northern Ireland scoring five gold awards, with the villages of Castlecaulfield and Hillsborough winning category awards for Best Village and Large Village respectively. Scotland also won five gold medals, with four category winners, Aberdeen winning Best City; East Haven in Angus, Best Coastal Community, (under 12,000); Linlithgow in West Lothian, Best Town, and Perth, Best Large Town. l Visit www.rhs.org.uk/getinvolved/britain-in-bloom.
Cacti and droughttolerant plants were key features Innovative displays were high profile around the city
Suffrage e Emmeline Pankhurst recreated at Castlecaulfield
Volunteers of all ages pulled together
Block planting in the park at Hillsborough