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2004 Britain In Bloom Results
by Press Release
October 3, 2004

A record seven UK finalists were presented with the prestigious Gold Award last night (23 September) at the 2004 Britain in Bloom Awards Presentation, held at the Royal Armouries and hosted by Leeds City Council. This is the highest accolade within the campaign, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society in partnership with B&Q, and is an increase of 3 gold awards compared to last year.

Bob Flowerdew (garden writer and organic gardener) and RHS Director General Andrew Colquhoun presented 7 Gold, 16 Silver Gilt, 28 Silver and 7 Bronze achievement awards to representatives of the 58 villages, towns and cities competing in the UK Finals. Gold award winners were Alness (Scotland), Bridlington (Yorkshire), Broughshane (Ulster), Ilkley (Yorkshire), Perth (Scotland), Sorn (Scotland) and St Ives & Carbis Bay (South West).

UK Britain in Bloom judge Jim Buttress also announced the winners of the 11 Discretionary Awards including the Local Heritage Award presented by the RHS in their Bicentenary year to Sheffield (Yorkshire) and Market Harborough (East Midlands) for best representing their local history and culture throughout their entries. Sheffield focused on their thriving steel industry and featured many statues and ornamental features including a 3D floral display of Steffy Stan the Steel Man. Market Harborough developed a collection of themed displays representing different local icons such as the ‘Church Window’ of the local Parish and a canal boat highlighting the town’s links to the Foxton Locks.

B&Q Social Responsibility Director Ray Baker presented the Community Award for all people participation to Seedley & Langworth, Salford (North West) who triumphed over Norwich and Winterton-on-Sea in Anglia with their unique approach to community regeneration. The ‘alley-gators’ project involves local residents who have placed gates at either end of an alley running behind their houses transforming the former derelict space into flourishing garden courtyards.

Ray said, "As Britain in Bloom partner for the second year, B&Q has been amazed again by the standard of entries, and the results that communities can achieve with a ‘You Can Do It’ attitude. We are proud to be personally involved in the judging of the discretionary award for the community making the most significant improvements to the local quality of life."

Speaking about the event Bob Flowerdew said, “It is an honour to present these awards. Most people think of me as more of a fruit and vegetable man, but I’m only too pleased to help acknowledge the wonderful achievements of Britain in Bloom communities. I know how much time and effort goes into Bloom and it can sometimes be an uphill struggle, especially with the weather we have had this summer, so it’s great to be able to recognise and reward all that hard work.”

Andrew Colquhoun, RHS Director General said, “The RHS is delighted that communities are reaching such high standards within the Britain in Bloom campaign. We look forward to helping more entries enhance local surroundings and create greener and cleaner environments using horticulture as a core component.”

A Britain in Bloom BBC Gardeners’ World Special focussing on several UK Finalist entries and the campaign overall is scheduled for broadcast on BBC2 on Friday 1 October 2004.




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