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Royal Horticultural Society judges come to Oldham

Oldham is one of 78 finalists competing for the coveted Gold award in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) national Britain in Bloom competition. On Monday 31 July the RHS judges visited Oldham. They went on a tour of the borough taking in areas including the Saddleworth villages, Austerlands, Waterhead and Oldham town centre.

This year the Council accepted the nomination to enter into the Champions of Champions category in the Britain in Bloom UK Finals thanks to their outstanding work in the past years. There are only six other places competing in the Champions of Champions category.

The nomination is all down to the longstanding co-operation between staff, volunteers, residents and businesses who have worked together over the years to help the area achieve success. Oldham were looking to impress the judges by showing them the very best of Oldham’s horticulture, picturesque villages and stunning new developments, as well as our environmental credentials.

Councillor Barabara Brownridge, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “Everyone has worked extremely hard to prepare for the judges’ arrival and none of this would be possible without our hard working staff and volunteers. This is the first time we have been entered into the Champions of Champions so we’re both nervous and excited about welcoming the judges.

“It’s been a great campaign this year and residents have again really shown their community spirit.”

Each finalist will be awarded a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze medal when the results are announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on Friday 27 October.

There’s also an award for being the best in category, as well as special discretionary awards for achieving excellence in particular areas. These include involving children and young people, gardening in a changing climate and overcoming adversity.

Andrea Van-Sittart, RHS head of Community Outreach said: “The Britain in Bloom judging gives groups the chance to showcase all the wonderful work that they do, all year round. Over the past year alone, our national finalists have planted over a million trees, shrubs, bulbs and other plants, making places greener and more sustainable, and providing areas for the whole community to relax and enjoy. I wish all of this year’s finalists the very best of luck.”

Britain in Bloom is the UK’s biggest community gardening campaign – up to 300,000 volunteers are involved in transforming our villages, towns and cities into greener and more pleasant places to live.

To find out more about Oldham’s campaign visit www.oldham.gov.uk/bloomandgrow

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