Silloth-on-Solway is Blooming Ready for Royal Horticultural Society UK Finals Judging

RHS Britain in Bloom judging tour takes place on 4 August 2016

Green fingered volunteers from Silloth-on-Solway have been busy putting the finishing touches to their Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign ahead of the arrival of RHS judges on 4 August 2016.

Last summer 72 locations were selected to represent their region/nation in this year’s Britain in Bloom finals, each hoping to score top marks and be announced category winner at an awards ceremony in Birmingham on 14 October.  Silloth-on-Solway is in the Coastal up to 12k category, alongside Bute, Filey, Mablethorpe, Newcastle (Ulster), St Brelade and Tenby.

When assessing Silloth-on-Solway, judges will take into consideration three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility, demonstrated across public spaces such as town or city centres, parks and communal gardens, as well as natural spaces including conservation areas and wildflower meadows. Each entry’s final score also takes into account a whole range of complementary factors, from the condition of street furniture to the engagement of young people in Bloom activities.

UK-wide Britain in Bloom groups transform an estimated 3,459 acres, equivalent to 9.9 Hyde Parks or 1,965 football pitches into green havens for all. Bloom volunteers have transformed derelict land into community gardens, greened grey spaces, brightened up streets with floral displays, cleared litter, grown fresh produce, and so much more. As part of their commitment to creating green spaces in their communities Britain in Bloom groups, including the 72 finalists, have planted more than 10 million plants, trees and bulbs over the past year.

Roger Burnett, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judging panel, said: ‘Britain in Bloom is a real movement for good that is transforming neighbourhoods, creating communities and bringing the many health and wellbeing benefits of gardening to increasing numbers of people from every walk of life.

“The RHS Britain in Bloom finals are an opportunity to celebrate the tens of thousands of often unheralded volunteers who readily give up their time to improve their local environment. My fellow judges and I are immensely proud to be able to see the fruits of their labour and celebrate the work they do.”

Silloth in Bloom Chairman, Bill Jefferson said “I am over the moon that Silloth-on-Solway has finally achieved the national recognition it deserves, being shortlisted by Britain in Bloom in its small coastal town category – a category which Silloth has won in Cumbria for the past two years. The three national judges have been sent a full portfolio of the case for Silloth and I look forward to walking round with them next Thursday. It’s a fantastic achievement for the town and a tribute to the vitality and hard work of its community over many years. We are the smallest town by far in the competition but I don’t think we’ll let them down.”

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Regional Development, said: “RHS Britain in Bloom puts communities front and centre as we recognise the amazing work they have done, often under incredibly difficult circumstances.”

“This year we will be presenting a new award that will recognise the efforts Bloom groups have made to make their communities greener and more beautiful places, often while facing adversity – from flooding to extreme heat and vandalism. Although the character, selflessness and resolve of Bloom Groups are well known, this new award will shine a light on the often uncelebrated work communities do to make the UK a greener, healthier place to live.”

“The finalists should be immensely proud of all they’ve achieved to get this far, and I wish them the very best of luck!”

For information on how to take part visit:

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Press enquiries

For more information, please contact Garfield Myrie in the RHS press office on 020 7821 3060 or

Wendy Jameson, Town Clerk, Silloth-on-Solway Town Council   Tel: 0777 5686857 or Email:

Photocall opportunity

Members of the press are invited to attend the Golf Hotel, Criffel Street, Silloth on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 12.45 pm, when the RHS judges will meet with volunteers. Press photos may be taken at the event.

Notes to Editors:

Silloth in Bloom

For more information about the different Silloth in Bloom projects:-

Britain in Bloom with the RHS

  • The 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) – aimed at small volunteer groups (such as youth groups, ‘Friends of’ groups, etc.) which 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. In 2014 Britain in Bloom celebrated its 50th anniversary as Britain’s favourite gardening campaign.

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.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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The 2016 RHS Britain in Bloom National Judging Panel

Category Judges
Champion of Champions Sue Wood & David Jamieson
City Rae Beckwith & Kate Dagnall
Coastal Over 12,000 Ian Beaney & Richard Budge
Coastal up to 12,000 Kim Parish & Keith Jackson
Large City Nigel Bishop & Brendan Mowforth
Large Town Jim Goodwin & Mel Henley
Large Village Darren Share & James Cordingley
Small City Nigel Bishop & Brendan Mowforth
Small Town Andrew Jackson & Geraldine King
Town Jon Wheatley & Bill Ronald
Village Roger Burnett & Teresa Potter
Urban Community Martyn Hird & Glenn Dale


2016 judging schedule:

Entry Name Category Region / Nation Judging date
Lytham Champion of Champion (Coastal up to 12k) North West 29-Jul
St Pierre du Bois Champion of Champion (Coastal up to 12k) Guernsey 05-Aug
Birmingham Champion of Champion (Large City) Heart of England 04-Aug
Durham Champion of Champion (Large Town) Northumbria 02-Aug
Ahoghill Champion of Champion (Small Town) Ulster 03-Aug
Cleethorpes Champion of Champion Coastal over 12k) East Midlands 01-Aug
Aberdeen City Scotland 05-Aug
London Borough of Havering City London 02-Aug
London Borough of Tower Hamlets City London 03-Aug
Oldham City North West 04-Aug
Bournemouth Coastal over 12k South & South East 02-Aug
Deal Coastal over 12k South & South East 03-Aug
Exmouth Coastal over 12k South West 01-Aug
Great Yarmouth Coastal over 12k Anglia 04-Aug
Southport Coastal over 12k North West 05-Aug
St Peter Port Coastal over 12k Guernsey 06-Aug
Bute Coastal up to 12k Scotland 11-Aug
Filey Coastal up to 12k Yorkshire 03-Aug
Mablethorpe Coastal up to 12k East Midlands 02-Aug
Newcastle Coastal up to 12k Ulster 12-Aug
Silloth-on-Solway Coastal up to 12k Cumbria 04-Aug
St Brelade Coastal up to 12k Jersey 01-Aug
Tenby Coastal up to 12k Wales 05-Aug
Belfast City Large City Ulster 10-Aug
London Borough of Ealing Large City London 02-Aug
Wigan Large City North West 08-Aug
Coleraine Large Town Ulster 11-Aug
Colwyn Bay Large Town Wales 09-Aug
Congleton Large Town North West 08-Aug
Farnham Large Town South & South East 02-Aug
Kendal Large Town Cumbria 10-Aug
Market Harborough Large Town East Midlands 05-Aug
Perth Large Town Scotland 12-Aug
Portishead Large Town South West 04-Aug
Ryde Large Town South & South East 03-Aug
Wisbech Large Town Anglia 01-Aug
Barwick in Elmet Large Village Yorkshire 03-Aug
Beer Large Village South West 01-Aug
Dalston Large Village Cumbria 08-Aug
Dufftown Large Village Scotland 05-Aug
Hillsborough Large Village Ulster 04-Aug
Upton on Severn Large Village Heart of England 02-Aug
Canterbury City Small City South & South East 03-Aug
Colchester Small City Anglia 09-Aug
Derry City Small City Ulster 11-Aug
Exeter Small City South West 01-Aug
Harrogate Small City Yorkshire 15-Aug
Loughborough Small City East Midlands 05-Aug
Rugby Small City Heart of England 04-Aug
Corbridge Small Town Northumbria 04-Aug
Freckleton Small Town North West 03-Aug
Studley Small Town Heart of England 02-Aug
Whitehead Small Town Ulster 05-Aug
Amersham Town Thames & Chilterns 02-Aug
City of London Town London 03-Aug
Haddington Town Scotland 05-Aug
Immingham Town East Midlands 04-Aug
Midsomer Norton Town South West 09-Aug
St Martin Town Guernsey 08-Aug
St Saviour Town Jersey 01-Aug
Evington Urban Community East Midlands 10-Aug
Gogarth (Llandudno) Urban Community Wales 12-Aug
Kippax Urban Community Yorkshire 11-Aug
Mancroft, The Lanes Urban Community Anglia 09-Aug
St George Urban Community South West 05-Aug
Walthamstow Village Urban Community London 08-Aug
Bellingham Village Northumbria 05-Aug
Castlecaulfield Village Ulster 08-Aug
Elswick Village North West 04-Aug
Fordham Village Anglia 02-Aug
Mathern with Pwllmeyric & Mounton Village Wales 01-Aug
Middleton by Wirksworth Village East Midlands 03-Aug


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