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Britain in Bloom success for Beverley

There was success for Beverley in the finals of Britain in Bloom, when the results were announced at a glittering awards ceremony in Belfast on Friday night – Beverley being awarded a Silver Gilt in the Large Towns category.

It was the first time Beverley had been in the finals and was the culmination of much hard work from the town’s Beverley in Bloom volunteers, supported by the Town Council.

One of the volunteers was also recognised with a special award  – Joyce Shaw receiving  a community champion award in recognition of more than 40 years’ work tending the Beverley Minster Secret Garden. The finalists were judged on their horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility with the Royal Horticultural Society judges visiting communities from the end of July after months of hot and dry weather.

Darren Share, Chair of the judges, said: “This year’s finalists faced the most challenging conditions the competition has ever seen with much of the country under snow and ice at the start of spring followed by the joint-hottest summer on record. That so many groups have walked away with top medals is remarkable and a reflection of communities’ hard work, ingenuity and horticultural know-how.”

Truro in Cornwall received the top prize and was crowned champion of champions.