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Beverley bidding for ‘best town in Britain’ title

Beverley has been revealed as one of nine towns bidding to be named the best large town in Britain in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Beverley has been nominated as Yorkshire’s representative in the competition after scooping the “best town” title in last year’s Yorkshire in Bloom finals.

Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the highly prestigious Britain in Bloom competition is now in its 54th year. Judging will take place this summer ahead of the awards being announced in October.

In the Large Town category, Beverley competes against Colwyn Bay, Ballymena, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Perth, Congleton, Oswestry, Penrith and Bury St Edmunds. Each will be judged across a range of criteria that includes horticultural know-how, community engagement, efforts to bolster biodiversity and climate change adaptation.

Chair of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share, said: “The Britain in Bloom campaign galvanises communities and provides the driving force for thousands of gardening enthusiasts across the country.

“Britain in Bloom groups work tirelessly throughout the year to tackle local issues and improve the place they call home. Everyone benefits from the work these groups carry out and I have seen first-hand the positive impact Britain in Bloom has in bringing communities together.”

It was in September that Beverley heard the news that it had won the coveted title of best town in Yorkshire in the Yorkshire in Bloom finals. The award was the culmination of months of planning and preparation by Beverley Town Council officials and the dedicated team of volunteers from the Beverley in Bloom group.

An extract from the judges overall impressions of the town said: ‘’The horticultural standards displayed coupled with the rich heritage the town has to offer puts Beverley in the top echelons of visitor destination’’.