Yorkshire in Bloom
Tuesday 21st November 2017

Press Release Join Yorkshire in Bloom in Celebrating 50 years of 'In Bloom'

Yorkshire in Bloom
Press Release
Join Yorkshire in Bloom in celebrating 50 years of ‘In Bloom’.
Communities across the region are being encouraged to enter Yorkshire in Bloom to help celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign as part of its 50th anniversary year.
Yorkshire in Bloom organise the regional competition as part of the RHS national competition to encourage communities of all sizes. Small villages, towns, cities and coastal resorts can make a positive and lasting improvement to their local environment for the benefit of local people; and it is not just about planting flowers and hanging baskets! The very nature of Yorkshire in Bloom encourages and develops community spirit and civic pride whilst promoting responsibility for planting, cleanliness and maintenance. This in turn can boost the local economy through increased tourism, stimulates voluntary work and cooperation between community groups, and is a means to address issues such as sustainability, recycling, minimising waste and energy conservation.
The ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category, which is the grass roots part of the campaign, is designed to help people make lasting improvements to their local areas by bringing the community together.   The Open Spaces category was introduced as a pilot scheme last year and this will continue in 2014. Its aim is to reward volunteer ‘Friends’ groups that fundraise and work on projects in many of our public parks and open spaces.
As part of the 50th anniversary the RHS have chosen the theme of ‘Growing for Gold’ and are encouraging ‘In Bloom’ groups and communities to plant golden pollinating plants as part of their display. This theme also fits perfectly with the Tour de France which comes to Yorkshire in July and many of the ‘In Bloom’ groups on the route of the Grand Depart are already planning yellow and gold planting schemes.
If you would like to enter your ‘In Bloom’ or a local community group into the 2014 Yorkshire in Bloom competition the closing date is Friday 31st January. More details of all the categories and how to enter can be found on www.yorkshireinbloom.co.uk or for more about the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ go to www.rhs.org.uk/communities
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Issued By: Martin Fish, for Yorkshire in Bloom
tel: 07976 928005                  e-mail: martin@martinfish.com
About Yorkshire in Bloom:
Yorkshire in Bloom is a registered charity and relies entirely on volunteers, from the individual grass roots projects, right through to the Executive and Judges.
The ‘In Bloom’ campaign was started 50 years ago and the national competition ‘Britain in Bloom’ is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Yorkshire in Bloom is one of the 17 regions and nations in Britain that takes part in this environmental campaign. Entries throughout the area are communities working together to improve their local environment, where they live and work. It’s an all year round campaign, about caring for the environment and sustainable practices. There are two periods of judging, in spring and summer and an overall
Award is made depending on how well each entry has met the judging criteria, which covers horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
For more information on the Yorkshire in Bloom campaign, please visitwww.yorkshireinbloom.co.uk
About the RHS: The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. It does this at its gardens and shows and through its scientific research, publications, libraries and its education and community programmes. It is entirely funded by members, visitors and supporters.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk
About the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign:RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood help more than 2,800 communities around the UK to improve their local environment. Using gardening as a tool, volunteers in cities, towns, villages, urban communities and neighbourhoods work together to make positive changes that touch the lives of millions. To find out more, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/communities

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