Coordinator of Hutton Cranswick in Bloom (HCiB), Gina Simpson, told the Driffield & Wolds Weekly of the great honour following the recent nomination to represent the county in the Large Village category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.
“It’s very rewarding to be nominated as it shows that all of our hard work really does pay off,” said a delighted Gina.
“This is only our third nomination in 19 years, so it doesn’t come around very often.
“Having achieved a Silver Gilt Award back in 2012, we are hoping to go one better this year.
“We were made aware last year that there was a possibility we may be chosen to represent Yorkshire but when it was confirmed we were delighted. It is a great honour.”
HCiB represented the county back in 1999 and 2012, where they received a Silver Gilt Award.
Having won the Yorkshire in Bloom Large Village category last summer, they were put forward by the competition’s executive as one of five nominees who they believe have a chance of winning a national prize.
Due to their participation in the national event, HCiB are unable to compete in Yorkshire in Bloom 2017, but instead will be rooting for other local entries.
Gina added: “As participants in the regional competition for over 20 years, the team wishes every success to this year’s local village entries.
“We have four Business entries, James White Butchers, Paul Harrison Car Sales, Farm Shop at Cranswick and Cranswick Fisheries and three Youth entries, Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School, Hutton Cranswick Playgroup and Under 5s childminders, competing in their own Special Categories in Yorkshire in Bloom 2017.”
HCiB will join 78 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.
Hutton Cranswick was chosen because of the group’s commitment to environmental responsibility, high levels of community participation and outstanding gardening achievements.
In early August, the group will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their area as they bid to win a top award.
During the competition, two independent judges will visit the village and stay overnight, before judging them the following day.
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach, said: “Congratulations to Hutton Cranswick on reaching the UK Finals of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.
“To represent their region on the UK stage is an incredible achievement and shows they are already at the top level of community gardening, going the extra mile to improve their local area and make it cleaner, greener and more beautiful for everyone.”
HCiB will be competing in the Large Village section against Cannington from the South West, Coupar Angus in Scotland, Croston from the North West, Culleybackey in Ulster, Dalston in Cumbria, Market Bosworth from the East Midlands and the Welsh village of Usk.
Now in its 53rd year, Britain in Bloom has evolved into a UK-wide campaign that brings communities together while promoting the environmental and health and wellbeing benefits of gardening.
The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales, on Friday 27th October.