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New Chairman for RHS Britain in Bloom Judges
by RHS
January 13, 2008

Roger Burnett, Parks and Countryside Manager for Scarborough Borough Council, has been appointed as Chairman of Judges for RHS Britain in Bloom.

Roger succeeds Jim Buttress who retired after serving as Chairman for three years. Jim Buttress received the RHS Britain in Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award in September for his commitment to the campaign.

Roger has been vice-chairman of the panel for three years, and a national judge for five years. Roger is also a member of the Yorkshire in Bloom Executive, as well as a Yorkshire in Bloom and Green Flag judge.

Roger will oversee the panel of 13 judges and guide them through both the summer judging tour and the recently introduced unannounced judging in the spring.

Roger said, “I am very pleased to take on the role of Chairman of Judges and intend to further the campaign by working with the RHS team and our partners to introduce a five-year plan early in 2008. RHS Britain in Bloom is a highly effective environmental campaign but we need more communities to take part to ensure it grows from strength to strength. As chairman of judges I hope to help increase participation and ensure more communities throughout the UK have opportunity to benefit from the campaign.”

RHS Director of Science and Learning, Simon Thornton-Wood, said, “We welcome the appointment of Roger as Chairman of Judges for RHS Britain in Bloom. The RHS have been custodians of the Britain in Bloom campaign since 2002, and during that time we have had the opportunity to work with many horticultural expert judges as well as over 1000 Britain in Bloom communities and more than 400 Neighbourhood Awards communities who all volunteer thousands of hours of their time each year to the Britain in Bloom cause.

“Working with Roger and the team of judges, as well as the Regions and Nations in Bloom, the RHS intends to continue to expand our community gardening programme through the Britain in Bloom campaign and bring the joy of gardening to even more people in the UK.”

The RHS Britain in Bloom judges volunteer many hours for the campaign including the solid two-week full time summer judging tour, a week of unannounced judging in the spring, attendance at meetings, awards and speaking appointments.

The launch of RHS Britain in Bloom 2008 will be held in Roger’s home town of Scarborough on the 28th February 2008.

Scarborough will also be competing in the 2008 UK finals, having achieved a Gold Standard and winning the Coastal Category in RHS Britain in Bloom in 2006.

RHS Britain in Bloom is open to any community wanting to make a difference to where they live. For more information or to get involved, go to

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