Following success in Cumbria In Bloom’s competition, Penrith, Dalston, Kendal and Silloth were all chosen to represent the county in this year’s Britain In Bloom final. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ceremony was held in Llandudno, hosted by renowned garden designer and TV presenter James Alexander-Sinclair.
With over 78 finalists competing and being judged on community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement see how Cumbria got on …
Business Improvement District (BID) – Gold Medal for Penrith
Impressing the judges with the high standards of its floral schemes, teamwork and the ultimate “sense of pride” it demonstrated – Penrith won the Business Improvement District category after beating off competition from Blackburn town centre, London Bridge, Mansfield and Norwich. Congratulations to the community volunteers and businesses in Penrith.
Large Village – Gold Medal for Dalston
The progress Dalston had made over the last year was recognised by the judges as they were awarded the Gold Medal for this year’s Large Village category. Through some stunning new gardens including the wildflower areas at the Jubilee Garden Dalston thoroughly deserved their night in the spotlight.
Other results from the night involving Cumbria:
- Penrith: – as well as the BID Category winner and gold award, Joan Robinson won the Community Champion Award
Joan, heads up a team of community volunteers in the Town and has been instrumental in their success, planting up many areas of the town including the railway station.
- Dalston: – to go along with their Large Village Gold, Liz Auld, Dalston in Bloom and Cumbria in Bloom coordinator was awarded the prestigious RHS Community Champion Award; recognises the great work she has done over her 21 years as an active member
- Kendal: Large Town Silver Gilt
- Silloth-on-Solway: Coastal Town (up to 12k) Silver Gilt
Congratulations to all our winners and representatives as we look forward to similar, if not better results in next year’s Britain In Bloom finals.