The Royal Horticultural Society has nominated Beautiful Perth for one of the most sought-after awards in the horticultural world this year. The Fair City is one of only five communities across the UK to have been nominated by the RHS to compete for the title of Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions 2019.
We run the ‘Perth in Bloom’ campaign, and we brought home several of the top awards from last year’s Britain in Bloom Awards, including the Best Large Town* category and the Parks and Green Spaces Award for Riverside Park. Entry into the Champion of Champions category is by invitation only, and nominees are selected by the Britain in Bloom judges from former winners and recognised high-achieving communities. In 2019, Perth will compete against Castlecaulfield, Durham, Kingsbridge and St Helier to be the 2019 Champion.
Our Chairman John Summers says: "I am very, very proud that our work, done by our amazing volunteers and our many partners, has led to us being recognised as one of the top five ‘bloom’ communities in the UK. We are going to have to work very hard this year, but we are up for the challenge! The Champion of Champions judges will be applying the very highest judging standards. Not only that, but we are up against four very different but equally excellent communities: Castlecaulfield in Northern Ireland, which won the Best Village category in 2018, Durham which was Best Small City, Kingsbridge in Devon was Best Small Town and St Helier on Jersey Best Large Coastal Community.”
The Britain in Bloom Awards reflect the work done by volunteers in villages, towns and cities right across the UK. Perth is one of over 48 local ‘bloom’ groups active in Perth & Kinross. Bridge of Earn’s ‘Brig in Bloom’ group will also be competing in this year’s Britain in Bloom Awards, in the ‘Best Large Village' category. Other Scottish entrants are St Andrews (Coastal Community), Dunfermline (Business District), Haddington (Town) and Kirkaldy (Small City).
*NB The Britain in Bloom Award categories are set by population size, and Perth falls into the ‘Large Town’ category.
A full list of 2019 entrants can be found on the RHS website here
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