Moorsholm is finalist in Britain in Bloom

THE village of Moorsholm has been selected from more than 1,000 entrants to compete in the final of the prestigious horticultural competition Britain in Bloom.

Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom is the country’s biggest voluntary campaign which involves more than 300,000 people.

Moorsholm is one of 80 finalists in the Village category.

However this year, Whitby is not among the finalists as it was not eligible to enter the national competition as the town represented Yorkshire in the Coastal category back in 2011 when it scooped a Gold medal.

Instead, the town along with Pannett Park has once again been entered into the Yorkshire in Bloom competition which it has had many successes in over the years.

Northumbria nominated Moorsholm to the UK stage of the competition following regional and national judging last year.

Moorsholm was selected for outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement. In July and August this year, Moorsholm’s green-fingered volunteers will be taking the Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of local projects and initiatives in a hope of being awarded Gold and being named category winner at the annual award ceremony, this year being held in Cleethorpes in October.

Andrea Van Sittart, head of regional development, said: “Thanks to the legacy of London 2012, the power of volunteering has never been more widely recognised or appreciated.

“Britain in Bloom saw a 30% uplift in sign-ups over the past year and this year, we have a record number of finalists.

“It seems more people are prepared to donate time and energy to projects like this, because they’re aware that improving their neighbourhoods can change lives and boost people’s confidence, health and happiness.

“On behalf of the RHS, I’d like to wish every volunteer from Moorsholm the very best of luck in this year’s UK Finals and look forward to celebrating with you all in October.”

The kind of projects undertaken by Britain in Bloom volunteers, which judges will be assessing, include maintenance of parks and communal gardens, the management of natural spaces such as wildflower meadows and conservation areas, community initiatives to promote recycling and environmental awareness, and projects to involve local schools and residents.