Chesham in Bloom Goes National

Chesham in Bloom volunteers

Chesham in Bloom volunteers are already hard at work this year to make the town looks its best

Chesham in Bloom, has been selected to represent Thames and Chilterns in the Large Town category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017. The group will join 78 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK. Chesham was chosen for the group’s commitment to environmental responsibility, high levels of community participation and outstanding gardening achievements. 

Between them, the many volunteers who participate in Chesham will be tending the floral displays and creating some new ones, planting bulbs and wild flowers, weeding and tidying the streets and planting up pots to place outside shops in the High Street. They will also be running competitions and doing many fundraising activities throughout the year.

The group’s efforts will contribute to the millions of bulbs, seasonal plants, perennials, shrubs and trees being planted around the UK by over 2,500 Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups, transforming hard grey areas into green spaces that benefit both people and the environment. 

In August the group will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of Chesham as they bid to win a top award. The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27th October. A number of special awards that recognise excellence in a particular area, be that protecting the local environment, getting young people involved in gardening, or overcoming adversity such as flooding or vandalism, will also be up for grabs.

Now in its 53rd year, Britain in Bloom has evolved into a UK-wide campaign that brings communities together while promoting the environmental and health and wellbeing benefits of gardening. 

Mohammad Fayyaz, Chesham in Bloom chairman said: “Chesham has been entering the In Bloom regional competition since 2005. We’ve won best large town five times and a gold medal three times. It is very exciting to be entering the national competition for the first time but we know we can rise to the challenge with the support of the town.”

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Congratulations to Chesham in Bloom on reaching the UK Finals of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

“To represent their region on the UK stage is an incredible achievement and shows they are already at the top level of community gardening, going the extra mile to improve their local area and make it cleaner, greener and more beautiful for everyone.”

Published: 14 February 2017