03 June 2021
Most of us want to put the last 12 months behind us and look forwards – and with the fine weather finally here after a dismal few weeks weather-wise, June looks set to herald the start of brighter times. And what better way to bring some cheer to our high streets and public places than with a splash of floral colour?
Summer 2021 also heralds the return of the annual Britain in Bloom competition, and although lockdown and the cancellation of last year’s competition didn’t deter many of our customers from planting displays, restrictions meant that more ambitious planting schemes had to be put on hold.
So, this year’s competition is extra special for many reasons. It will also be a little bit different. With the threat of Covid still lurking, various regions are organising their competitions in slightly different ways with contingencies in place should the situation around Covid suddenly change. As a result, arrangements will not be completely finalised until the next major government announcement on 21st June although many are hoping to have face to face assessments at regional level.
The national competition will also look different in 2021 and has been renamed the RHS Community Awards. The awards aim to celebrate some of the fantastic work that has gone on during the pandemic, whilst making the safety of judges and participants paramount. So, although there will be no physical judging tours for the national finals, the awards will celebrate the many achievements of In Bloom groups who continued to improve and support their community during the difficult last 12 months.
How the RHS Community Awards work
In Bloom groups that have excelled in previous years have been invited to represent their regions. Instead of a physical judging tour, entrants will showcase their work digitally through photos, short videos and accompanying descriptions. An RHS panel of experts will judge the entries, with results announced in September. Good luck everyone.