Evington in Bloom has been selected from more than 600 entrants to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2016. Evington in Bloom is one of 72 finalists from across the UK and is in the Urban community category. The group was selected for its outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement.
On 10th August this year Evington in Bloom’s partners will be showing off their commitment to a greener, healthier Britain. They will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges, Martyn Hird and Glenn Dale on a tour of local projects and initiatives in the hope of being awarded well at the annual award ceremony in October.
Helen Pettman, Chair of Friends of Evington and the project coordinator for Evington in Bloom has led Evington’s Bloom campaign since its first entry into the regional competition in 2012 She said:
“Becoming a finalist in the national competition, Britain in Bloom, is a brilliant achievement in itself, whatever happens on the day, and is a huge accolade to our wide range of partners and friends who have worked to sustain and improve our beautiful urban area.
There are five It’s Your Neighbourhood Groups:
‘Friends and Neighbours Downing Drive’,
‘It’s Your Neighbourhood, Evington’,
‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Goodwood’,
‘Friends of Piggy’s Hollow’,
and many supporting groups that garden on public land and in Evington Park.
We can’t wait to tour our area with the judges when they visit on 10th August. We know they will be delighted with the range of projects we have to show them, like the community allotment on Rowlatt’s Hill Allotments, the Orchard group’s projects, the Burnaby Gardens and the work at Mayflower Primary School. This year the judges will see that Evington Village has achieved heritage status and that Grace Works has developed it gardening programme.
Volunteers of all ages and all walks of life participate in Bloom, making extraordinary efforts to improve streets and neighbourhoods in towns, villages and cities across Britain. It is vital we celebrate and recognise their efforts to strengthen their communities and inspire others to get involved.”
Britain in Bloom groups are assessed on a wide range of initiatives, such as the maintenance of parks and communal gardens, the management of natural spaces, community campaigns to promote recycling and environmental awareness, and projects involving local residents and schools.