Yeovil in Bloom through to the National competition

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Yeovil will now compete on the grandest of Britain in Bloom stages after being accepted as the South West Regions Large Town entry for the National Britain in Bloom competition.

Britain in Bloom is the UK's longest running gardening competition. It provides a regional and nationwide platform for community groups to brighten up their town or city.

Yeovil is one of 70 finalists, shortlisted from over 300 entries. News that the initiative had been accepted for the national competition couldn’t be made until early 2019.

The fantastic achievement is the result of a lot of hard work from ‘bloomers’, community groups, residents, sponsors and local businesses that helped Yeovil in Bloom win a Gold award in the South West in Bloom competition in 2018. The Abiss Memorial Trophy for the best horticultural display in the South West was also awarded for the display at St Johns Churchyard.

Above: St Johns Churchyard in Yeovil which helped the Yeovil in Bloom team secure the Abiss Memorial Trophy for the best horticultural display in the South West.

Manny Roper, Chairman of the Yeovil in Bloom Steering Group said, “It is a great honour that Yeovil has been chosen to represent the whole of the South West in the National Britain in Bloom competition for 2019. It is through the hard work and dedication of many from SSDC that Yeovil has achieved many Gold Medal Awards over the years.”

David Recardo, Mayor of Yeovil added: “It was a surprise to be told at we had been put forward by South West in Bloom and even more surprising to find out at Christmas we were accepted by Britain in Bloom. Yeovil is well known as a floral town and now the whole country will see the wonders of Yeovil. I am very proud of our town and our horticulturists.”

Above: Watch the highlights of some of the 2018 Yeovil in Bloom display

Britain in Bloom is recognised across the UK as a symbol of excellence in community gardening, strong community spirit and pride of place.

The Yeovil in Bloom initiative is managed and funded by Yeovil Town Council and delivered with the support of South Somerset District Council.

For more information, email horticulture@southsomerset.gov.uk

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