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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Cumbria communities reach Britain in Bloom finals

TWO communities in Cumbria have been selected to take part in the prestigious finals of Britain in Bloom 2014.

Dalton and Newton will be going for gold along with Kirkoswald in the north of the county.

Both have been selected from more than 1,000 entrants across the UK, and were nominated to the national finals following the regional stage of judging in 2013.

The national shortlist of 72 cities, towns and villages were chosen for their efforts to engage all members of the community and for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to helping the environment.

Between July and August, the finalists will be visited by two RHS judges who will meet community representatives and go on a tour of local projects.

As well as the usual bedding displays, judges will inspect everything from local recycling initiatives to areas of natural habitat and conservation.

They will also be looking at the management of street furniture and public parks, and will be assessing how well the group is responding to climate change and local challenges.

Cumbria in Bloom judges described the entries as “high-quality”, saying: “Dalton-in-Furness had high quality pockets of displays spaced strategically throughout the town - there was so much participation and support from the community.

“Most impressive was Rainbow Row, where the resident community had clubbed together to make a back lane beautiful in the most innovative way.

“The Kirkoswald entry displays all that is required by Cumbria in Bloom Pride in Your Community.

“In every corner and wherever there is a space, it is occupied by a planter or plant display, all provided by the village community itself. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to planning future projects and activities.”

This is the first time both Dalton and Kirkoswald have reached the national finals, and they will be going for gold in the town and village categories respectively.

Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in Bristol in October.

Stephanie Eynon, RHS community horticulture manager, said: “This is a really special year to be an RHS Britain in Bloom UK finalist because it’s the 50th anniversary of the campaign.

“We would like to congratulate every group for reaching the finals of RHS Britain in Bloom but of course it's not about beating fellow finalists, it's about volunteers of all ages and walks of life gaining recognition for their extraordinary efforts to improve streets and neighbourhoods in towns, villages and cities across Britain.”

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