Ulverston in Bloom and Ulverston Business Improvement District are two of the four Cumbrian Finalists in the RHS 2020 Britain in Bloom national competition.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the 70 finalists vying to win the UK’s largest community gardening competition. Nearly two-thirds (63%) are greening urban areas with a surge in entries using plants to help regenerate the high street. Finalists are assessed on their horticultural, community and environmental efforts.
A growing number of gardening groups competing in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition are prioritising the regeneration of urban areas as communities recognise the value of green spaces to people and planet.
Finalists are put forward to the national final based on their progress regionally and compete across 11 categories including village, town and coastal. Each will be visited by a pair of RHS judges in August as they vie for a medal, a category win and to be named Champion of Champions.
Nearly two-thirds are participating in town, city or other urban categories, reflecting growing recognition of the importance of plants and green space for both wellbeing and the environment.
This includes the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town and City Centres category which has seen a surge in entries since it was introduced two years ago. Ulverston BID is among ten finalists that will be greening shopping and business hubs by increasing the number of plants to help mitigate urban pollution, flooding and temperature rises and boost footfall and lower vacancy rates.
Last year, the competition was won by the Scottish city of Perth which impressed with its whole-community approach to sustainability, pollinator-friendly planting and campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.
The results will be announced in Manchester in October. For more information about RHS Britain in Bloom and to search for community gardening groups in your area please visit