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Bracknell prepares for RHS Britain in Bloom judges

PUBLISHED: 15:25 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:25 24 July 2013

Bracknell in Bloom

Bracknell in Bloom

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The locations that have made it to the UK Finals of Europe’s biggest community gardening campaign – Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom – are set to be visited by judges between July 29 and August 9.

An estimated 800 volunteers in the area are currently putting the final touches to local projects, in preparation for the judges’ arrival in less than a week’s time.

Across the UK, from tiny villages to big cities, 77 finalist communities were picked from nearly 1,000 to participate in the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

Bracknell, Henley on Thames and Watlington are representing the Thames and Chilterns and are all going for Gold and aiming to win their respective categories.

In total, more than 20,000 volunteers are involved in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom finals. Over the last year they have invested more than 100,000 hours of their spare time to get their local area into the finals of the nationwide campaign. Together, they look after 90,000 acres of public space, saving the country an estimated £23 million. In the Thames and Chilterns area alone, finalist volunteers manage more than 7,000 acres of public green space, like pocket-parks, contributing nearly 5,000 hours of work and last year, planting 15,000 plants.

“We cannot wait to see what Thames and Chilterns has in store for us this year,” says Roger Burnett, an RHS Britain in Bloom judge who is visiting Bracknell.

“It’s always such a huge pleasure meeting Bloom volunteers and seeing the great work they’ve done. They are passionate people who work tirelessly, come rain or shine, to improve their local areas. The only regret I have about visiting these wonderful places is that we can’t stay for longer.”

Britain in Bloom started in 1964 as a way of marketing the country through floral displays.

The results will be announced at an award ceremony on October 12, in Cleethorpes.

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