Perth in Scotland has been awarded the top prize in this year's RHS Britain in Bloom gardening competition.

The city was awarded the top prize and crowned Champion of Champions in the 55th annual Britain in Bloom and impressed the RHS judges with its urban green spaces and pollinator-friendly planting along with its campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.

An illustration of the soil food chain from organic matter and bacteria to animals

Focusing on sustainability, Perth has placed parks, gardens and biodiversity hotspots along the River Tay, some of which are designed to mitigate flood risk. In Riverside Park there are over 500 varieties of heather maintained by an army of volunteers.

The city beat stiff competition from Durham, Kingsbridge in Devon, Castlecaulfield in Northern Ireland and St Helier in Jersey. A total of 68 communities compete across 12 categories in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. Categories include best village, urban community and city and there are gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medals within each category. Perth was also awarded a discretionary award for the quality of Riverside Park.

Darren Share, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “Congratulations to Perth for its forward-thinking environmental initiatives, superb horticulture and far-reaching community support, with its small army of volunteers contributing 5,000 hours every year.

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