Article by Jonathan White, images by Jonathan White and David Clews
This year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition will not be going ahead due the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.
Organisers say the health and safety of communities, volunteers and judges remains the number one priority.
South Cheshire ‘In Bloom’ groups
Wistaston In Bloom (pictured above) won the gold award last year and the year before, in the town category at the Britain in Bloom North West awards.
Last year other south Cheshire recipients of gold awards included Alvaston Hall Hotel, Willaston In Bloom, Audlem in Bloom and Nantwich In Bloom.
An RHS spokesperson said: “With the government advising everyone to follow social distancing measures, it is not possible for our finalists to carry out their usual community gardening activities.
“Communities put huge year-round effort into Britain in Bloom for the benefit of both people and the environment, and we know our 70 finalists will be very disappointed.
“The decision has not been taken lightly and we hope that many groups will choose to participate again in 2021.
“We thank communities for all the hard work they’ve put in so far – their work helps to make the UK cleaner and greener, supports British wildlife and brings people of all ages together.”
Britain in Bloom groups with queries can contact the RHS via: firstname.lastname@example.org