City gets Gold at 2016 RHS Britain in Bloom Ceremony

Last night (October 14), Birmingham scooped a Gold award in the Champion of Champions category at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals Awards Ceremony, also held in Birmingham.  The event was hosted by TV Gardening Expert Chris Beardshaw.

Birmingham, which represented the Heart of England region, was one of only six areas from across the UK chosen to compete in the coveted Champion of Champions category of the awards. Birmingham’s medal, the highest available, confirms its position as arguably the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful large city in Britain.

The city was further honored by RHS judges who awarded it the first ever ‘RHS Britain in Bloom Award for Overcoming Adversity’. The award was given in recognition of the way the community pulled together to combat the effects of two floods that hit Edgbaston Guinea Gardens in June.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for clean streets, recycling and environment, Cllr Lisa Trickett, said: “This award not only recognises the creativity and sheer hard work of our parks team, but also the invaluable contributions made by the thousands of volunteers across the city.

“Last week, a poll of Brummies showed that the thing they love most about Birmingham is our parks and open spaces and this week we have been crowned Champion of Champions.  We have consistently achieved Gold Awards for our floral displays across the city for the last 11 years, and I am convinced that this is due to the partnerships we have with our residents and their love for our parks.”

The RHS Britain in Bloom Awards ceremony celebrates the huge contribution made by the 300,000 Bloom volunteers whose hard work and dedication help transform what are often grey and unloved areas into greener, cleaner and more beautiful spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Over the summer, teams of RHS judges travelled the length and breadth of the country to see the 72 finalists’ Bloom campaigns to determine who would lift the top prizes. Each finalist was assessed against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and of course, horticultural achievement.

Chairman of the UK Judging Panel, Roger Burnett said: “This has been a truly outstanding year for Britain in Bloom with local communities devoting tremendous amounts of time and effort into greening grey areas and sharing the many health and social benefits of horticulture.

“The judges were very impressed by the way communities refused to let the many challenges they faced hold them back. The finalists’ desire and determination to make their environment as green and pleasant as possible was truly humbling.

“We as judges are privileged to have a front row seat to see Britain in Bloom volunteers change the lives of thousands through their work. And it’s fitting that their efforts are recognised and celebrated.”

The 72 Britain in Bloom finalists were vying for Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze medals, category winner awards and discretionary awards for achieving excellence in particular fields.

The main results of the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals Awards are listed below.


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Britain in Bloom with the RHS 2016 UK Finals Awards:


Aberdeen City Scotland Gold & Category Winner
Ahoghill Champion of Champion (SmallTown) Ulster Gold & Category Winner
Amersham Town Thames & Chilterns Silver Gilt
Barwick in Elmet Large Village Yorkshire Gold
Beer Large Village South West Silver Gilt
Belfast City Large City Ulster Gold
Bellingham Village Northumbria Gold
Birmingham Champion of Champion (LargeCity) Heart of England Gold
Bournemouth Coastal over 12k South & South East Gold
Bute Coastal up to 12k Scotland Silver Gilt
Canterbury Small City South & South East Gold
Castlecaulfield Village Ulster Gold & Joint Category Winner
City of London Town London Silver Gilt
Cleethorpes Champion of Champion(Coastal over 12k) East Midlands Silver Gilt
Colchester Small City Anglia Silver Gilt
Coleraine Large Town Ulster Gold & Category Winner
Colwyn Bay Large Town Wales Silver Gilt
Congleton Large Town North West Gold
Corbridge Small Town Northumbria Gold
Dalston Large Village Cumbria Silver Gilt
Deal Coastal over 12k South & South East Silver Gilt
Derry Small City Ulster Gold
Dufftown Large Village Scotland Silver Gilt
Durham Champion of Champion (LargeTown) Northumbria Gold
Elswick Village North West Gold & Joint Category Winner
Evington Urban Community East Midlands Silver
Exeter Small City South West Silver Gilt
Exmouth Coastal over 12k South West Silver Gilt
Farnham Large Town South & South East Silver Gilt
Filey Coastal up to 12k Yorkshire Gold
Fordham Village Anglia Silver Gilt
Freckleton Small Town North West Gold & Category Winner
Gogarth (Llandudno) Urban Community Wales Silver Gilt
Great Yarmouth Urban Community Anglia Silver Gilt
Haddington Town Scotland Gold & Category Winner
Harrogate Small City Yorkshire Gold & Category Winner
Hillsborough Large Village Ulster Gold & Category Winner
Immingham Town East Midlands Gold
Kendal Large Town Cumbria Silver Gilt
Kippax Urban Community Yorkshire Gold & Category Winner
London Borough of Ealing Large City London Silver Gilt
London Borough of Havering City London Silver Gilt
London Borough of TowerHamlets City London Silver Gilt
Loughborough Small City East Midlands Gold
Lytham Champion of Champion(Coastal up to 12k) North West Gold
Mablethorpe Coastal up to 12k East Midlands Silver
Mancroft, The Lanes Urban Community Anglia Silver
Market Harborough Large Town East Midlands Gold
Mathern with Pwllmeyric & Mounton Village Wales Silver Gilt
Middleton by Wirksworth Village East Midlands Silver Gilt
Midsomer Norton Town South West Silver Gilt
Newcastle Coastal up to 12k Ulster Silver Gilt
Oldham City North West Gold
Perth Large Town Scotland Gold
Portishead Large Town South West Gold
Rugby Small City Heart of England Gold
Ryde Large Town South & South East Silver Gilt
Silloth-on-Solway Coastal up to 12k Cumbria Silver Gilt
Southport Coastal over 12k North West Gold & Category Winner
St Brelade Coastal up to 12k Jersey Gold & Category Winner
St George Urban Community South West Silver
St Martin Town Guernsey Silver Gilt
St Peter Port Coastal over 12k Guernsey Gold
St Pierre du Bois Champion of Champion
(Coastal up to 12k)
Guernsey Gold
St Saviour Small Town Jersey Silver Gilt
Studley Small Town Heart of England Silver Gilt
Tenby Coastal up to 12k Wales Silver Gilt
Upton upon Severn Large Village Heart of England Silver Gilt
Walthamstow Village Urban Community London Silver Gilt
Whitehead Small Town Ulster Silver Gilt
Wigan Large City North West Gold & Category Winner
Wisbech Large Town Anglia Gold


Notes to the Editor:

Britain in Bloom with the RHS

  • UK’s biggest community gardening campaign involves up to 300,000 passionate local volunteers who work year-round to keep our neighbourhoods and streets green, clean and thriving.
  • Bloom was started by the British Tourist Authority as a way to attract visitors to the UK through floral displays. In 2001, the RHS took over as organisers and have developed the campaign to include greater focus on community participation and environmental responsibility.
  • In 2006, the RHS launched a new grass roots level for Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) – which is aimed at small volunteer groups (such as youth groups, ‘Friends of’ groups, etc.) and has grown from 342 to nearly 2,300 groups.
  • Since 1964, Bloom has evolved from what many saw as a rural hanging basket competition to a major socio-environmental campaign that is improving villages, towns and cities across the UK

Medal Awards
(Overall 170–200 points; 85% and above)


An exceptionally high standard demonstrated throughout. A consistent approach that demonstrates best practice, continuing development and sustainable effort. Meets all of the judging criteria and scores very highly in every section of the marking sheet.
Silver Gilt (Overall 150–169 points; 75–84%)

Very Good

A high-standard entry that meets virtually all of the judging criteria and includes sections of exceptionally high standards. Exemplifies best practice in multiple areas and demonstrates very high potential for continuing development and sustainable effort.
Silver (Overall 120–149 points; 60–74%)


Considered to be an above-average entry that meets many of the judging criteria. The entry will include more than one sub-section that demonstrates exceptionally high standards. In particular, the entry will demonstrate a clear potential to improve in several areas and for sustainable effort.
Bronze (Overall 100-119 points; 50-59%)


An average entry that meets some but not necessarily all of the judging criteria. The entry will include at least one subsection that demonstrates a very high standard but the standards will not be consistent throughout. There will be some evidence of the potential to improve and of the ability to sustain effort.
No award (Overall 0-99 points; 0-49%)


The entry may have a number of good merits and may have done very well in its category in the region; however, the entry has not met the judging criteria to a national standard. The entry is not sufficiently developed to achieve any of the RHS Britain in Bloom medals.
About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.


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