Prizes to celebrate community gardening

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be celebrating community gardening across the UK this year through the RHS Community Awards.

The new virtual awards replace the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals competition for 2021 – for the first time in the campaign’s 57-year history – and will see groups recognized for their efforts to transform their local areas.

Last year, nine out of ten groups continued to garden, maintain essential green spaces and put their skills to work helping others, from growing food to raising people’s spirits through imaginative planting displays.

A total of 63 groups will take part in five categories having been nominated by one of the 16 regions and nations of Britain in bloom in the UK.

Five will represent Scotland – Aberdeen Communities Together, Dunbar in Bloom, The People’s Project in Dumfries, Brighten up Kirkconnel and North Berwick in Bloom.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be celebrating community gardening across the UK this year through the RHS Community Awards.

Groups will submit evidence digitally in up to three award categories to a panel of horticultural, wildlife and environmental experts from Bloom and RHS.

The categories are:

  • Feed your community – Grow, share or enjoy food with others.
  • Nature-Friendly Gardening – Create habitats and use wildlife-friendly gardening practices.
  • Green Solutions – Addressing environmental challenges such as climate change, air pollution and flooding.
  • Cultivate your community – Bring people together by involving a wide range of the community.
  • Planting with Purpose – Solving specific challenges such as transforming a neglected area or reducing anti-social behavior.

RHS Community Development Manager Kay Clark said: ‘We have been truly inspired by the creativity and ingenuity that volunteers have shown throughout the pandemic, supporting their communities while adhering to distancing rules. social.

“Although we are unable to run the Britain in Bloom UK Finals competition this year, the RHS Community Awards will highlight the fantastic efforts of bands during a difficult time.”

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase five of our Beautiful Scotland bands at the UK RHS Community Awards 2021 this year.

“I would like to congratulate the bands and wish them good luck in these difficult and demanding times.

“Never before have good quality, clean and green spaces been so important to our economy and to our personal health and well-being.

“The groups, with their hard working volunteers, make our neighborhoods, cities, towns and villages, in fact our country so much better for the efforts they have put in, and they all go the extra mile to bring their communities together through horticulture, looking after the environment and, of course, having fun along the way.”

The results of the RHS Community Awards, including the most outstanding entries in each category, will be announced at the end of September and all entrants will receive certificates.

For more information on RHS Britain in Bloom and to search for community gardening groups in an area, visit www.rhs.org.uk/communities/find-a-group-search-form


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