Perth’s Britain in Bloom judging day is fast approaching! The judges will be coming to the Fair City next week to assess the work done by volunteers from Beautiful Perth, by the Council and by the many other partner groups who all help make Perth such a beautiful place to live, work and visit.
The Perth in Bloom campaign is not just about flowers; 40% of the marks are for Horticulture, but 30% of points are for Environment, covering things like biodiversity, reducing litter and waste, and taking pride in Perth’s urban environment. The other 30% of the points are for 'Community' which includes demonstrating wide ranging partnerships and forward planning. Judges Roger Burnett and Jon Wheatley are assessing five shortlisted UK communities for the highest of all the Britain in Bloom accolades – the title of Champion of Champions 2019. The shortlisted communities were judged last year to be the top five in the UK, so Perth is up against stiff competition from the City of Durham, the village of Castlecaulfield in Northern Ireland, the town of Kingsbridge in Devon and the coastal town of St Helier on Jersey for this hotly contested award.
Beautiful Perth volunteers will host the judges’ visit to show them what has been done over the past year, and to introduce them to some of the key partnerships that have made it all happen. They will be greeted by Provost Melloy on behalf of the Council, and by Beautiful Perth Chairman John Summers OBE, who will then lead their tour of the City. Ahead of that, volunteers are very busy with final preparations,making sure everthing looks as lovely as possible ahead of next week's crucial vist. Fingers crossed!
The results of the judges’ deliberations will be announced at the Britain in Bloom 2019 Awards ceremony, which this year is being held in London, in October.
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