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Birmingham is blooming great!

Birmingham is blooming great!

Birmingham has been officially declared as blooming great after the city council’s entry was named as a category winner at the RHS Britain in Bloom 2009 awards.

The city’s floral trail was triumphant in the Urban Community Category at the awards, staged last night (September 23) at the River and also won a Gold Medal within its class too.

There were a total of nine entries in the category, and Birmingham was one of just two to win a Gold Medal. The other seven shared a collection of the lesser rankings which include Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member of Leisure, Sport and Culture at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are delighted to have won this award.

“It is a fitting reward for the hard work that has been put in across the city that really brightens up Birmingham every year.

“This accomplishment is even more impressive when you consider the stiff competition we have had to beat from across the county to land the award. I applaud everyone involved with the effort.”

Notes to editors

  1. Britain in Bloom is one of the largest horticultural campaigns in Europe working year-round to create a cleaner and greener Britain through community action. Participants can earn top marks in horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. The 'in Bloom' journey starts in the regional/national campaigns from which communities are nominated for the finals.There are categories in Britain in Bloom to suit every type of community, from small villages to cities end everything in between. Many entries are directed by community groups, some are led by their local authority and others are formed from people power. The key to success is forming a partnership between residents, community groups, local business and the local authority.
  2. Benefits of participation: A survey of participating communities reveals that the benefits joining Britain in Bloom include: Developing social cohesion and civic pride, a positive impact on the local economy, and providing a springboard to introduce environmental initiatives.
  3. Since the RHS took over Britain in Bloom in 2002, 269 communities have benefited from participation in the national finals. In 2009 there will be 68 UK finalists whose work for their communities will benefit just over 2.2 million UK residents. In addition there will be approximately 1100 regional/national “in Bloom” entrants. Overall, RHS community campaigns (Britain in Bloom and the Neighbourhood Awards) have grown by about 35 per cent over the last three years.
  4. Details of the finalists can be found at http://www.rhs.org.uk/britaininbloom/Finalists/Documents/Finalists2009.pdf.

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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  • Issue date: 24 September 2009