The judges from the RHS Britain in Bloom finals 2018 visited Perth on Thursday 9 August. Expert judges Rae Beckwith and James Cordingley have have travelled the length and breadth of the UK to assess all nine entries in the 'large town'* category of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Awards 2018. Photos taken during the tour can be found here.
Our volunteers led the judges on a tour of the City, showing them floral displays, flower beds and environmental projects that enhance the City, and meeting some of the many volunteers, partners and community groups who work with Beautiful Perth to make Perth such a great place to live, work and visit.
Beautiful Perth Chairman John Summers said: "We are very proud and excited to be a Britain in Bloom finalist this year. We're up against stiff competition in our category, from Tunbridge Wells, Bury St Edmunds, Oswestry, Congleton, Colwyn Bay, Penrith, Beverley and Ballymena. They are all lovely places but so is Perth – and we’d love to get one of those coveted Gold Medals! I'd like to thank Provost Melloy who joined us to welcome the judges to the City, and the many wonderful volunteers, sponsors and partners for their support. Together, we have all helped put Perth in a position to do really well – I can’t wait to hear the outcome of the judges’ deliberations in October!"
The judges assessed the 'In Bloom' entries against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility. Communities can receive a bronze, silver, silver-gilt or gold award, depending on their level of achievement.
To find out more and Britain in Bloom, visit www.rhs.org.uk/communities.
*Note - The categories in Britain in Bloom are set by the size of the electoral roll, so although Perth is very proud to be a City, in this case we fall into the 'large town' category.
Pictured: RHS judges Rae Beckwith (left) and James Cordingley (right) with John Summers and Provost Melloy
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