Congleton in Bloom

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom, and this year Congleton is competing in the UK finals.

Britain in Bloom is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society but was initially set up by the British Tourist Board in 1964.

Each year, over 1,600 communities participate, making it the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom.

Communities are divided into 12 categories, according to their size and compete across 18 regions.  Each region then decides who will be their representatives in the UK Finals, which take place the following year.

The comprehensive judging criteria focuses on three key areas; horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Communities receive a Bronze, Silver, Silver-Gilt or Gold award, in recognition of their achievements. At the UK Finals, additional awards are also presented to communities for excellence in specific areas.

Last year North-West in Bloom nominated Congleton to represent the region in the 2014 UK Finals. Congleton will compete in the “Large Town” category along with; Alton, Belper, Carickfergus, Colwyn Bay, Durham, Farnham, Malvern, Perth, Truro and Wisbech.

Hopefully, Congleton will be ale to replicate the success of Biddulph, who won Gold in the Large Town category, at last years finals.

The judging for the UK Finals takes place in August and preparations are well on the way. To find out more and how to get involved, visit,

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