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Britain in Bloom

When I was looking up information on flower shows, I noticed that The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is running an environmental campaign, ?Britain in Bloom?, encouraging communities around the country to participate in brightening up public spaces with some extra flora. The competition was first held back in 1963 and has been run by the RHS for the past six years, this year with the sponsorship of Shredded Wheat.

There are a number of categories for prizes, allowing communities of all sizes to enter and the competition covers the Channel Island and the Isle of Man as well at the UK ? in fact, in 2002 the small Channel Island of Herm won the prize in the 'Small Coastal Resort' category. The first, regional stage of the competition is judged in June or July; the second, national stage in August, and the winners are announced in September or October.

I wonder if the new flowers I noticed planted around my local park/football pitch are part of the campaign. Britain in Bloom is one of the largest horticultural campaigns in Europe; each year thousands of people across the UK participate to contribute towards caring for their local environment and building a more beautiful Britain. Click here, to find out how you can get involved,

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