Whitby wins silver-gilt at Britain in Bloom awards

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Last night, Whitby scooped Silver-Gilt in the Coastal (up to 12k) category at the Britain in Bloom Finals.

Whitby, under the Whitby In Bloom banner, was one of 1000 groups from across the country vying for the awards. Of these just 70 were invited to represent their own regions and Whitby represented Yorkshire.

Amanda Smith, Chair for Whitby in Bloom said: “Whitby has been honoured to represent Yorkshire as a finalist in the Small Coastal Town category. The competition has proved a fantastic focus for the community and I would hope that everyone feels pride in our undoubted achievements.

“It would be impossible to thank all the individuals who have given so much to improving their environment. I have learnt a lot over the course of the last twelve months and am excited at the prospect of building on this year’s achievements and taking Whitby to the next level.”

The Britain in Bloom with the RHS judging panel, headed by Roger Burnett, met with representatives of each finalist throughout the summer to assess each of the 70 Bloom campaigns against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility and Whitby hosted the judging panel in August.

Chairman of the UK Judging Panel Roger Burnett said: “This has been a vintage year for Britain in Bloom with communities across the country coming together to create wonderful floral displays that benefit not just the individuals involved, but their communities and the wider environment. Thanks to the work of Britain in Bloom, our pollinators are better supported, once neglected areas of our towns, villages and cities are turning from grey to green, and communities are coming together with a shared purpose.

“The standard of entries this year has been incredibly high. It is an honour to recognise and celebrate the work these amazing people do to build stronger, healthier and happier communities through gardening.”