Rochdale in Bloom Scoops Prestigious Gold at National RHS Britain in Bloom Awards


Rochdale was named as a finalist in the North West region in the Small City category in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 2018 Britain in Bloom competition. Now in its 54th year, the nationwide competition pits rural villages, urban corners and city centres against one another across a range of criteria that includes horticultural know-how, community engagement, efforts to bolster biodiversity and climate change adaptation.

Finalists are put forward to the national final based on their progress locally and scored by a team of RHS national judges in the summer, this year the finalists competed across 12 categories.

A new awards category was introduced for town and city centres in 2018 in recognition of the vital role of green spaces in urban areas and their positive impact on health and wellbeing, flood prevention and wildlife. 

Chairman of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share said: “The Britain in Bloom campaign galvanises communities and provides the driving force for thousands of gardening enthusiasts across the country. 

“Britain in Bloom groups work tirelessly throughout the year to tackle local issues and improve the place they call home. Everyone benefits from the work these groups carry out and I have seen first-hand the positive impact Britain in Bloom has in bringing communities together.” 

The RHS Britain in Bloom judges have visited the finalists in August with the winners of each category and finalists’ final score – ranging from Gold to Bronze - announced at an awards ceremony in Belfast on 19 October. 

Rochdale has obtained Gold Award in the small city category.  Well done to everyone involved in achieving this.


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