About Altrincham in Bloom
Britain In Bloom judges assess our achievements in three main categories. Horticultural Achievement attracts half of the overall marks we can attain. They’re looking at the choice and quality of plants, special features, innovation, design and colour. They also look at how sustainable our planting is and how we cultivate and maintain plant life. The whole town is considered – from hanging baskets to town centre planters, railing and lamp post planters, window boxes and doorway pots. Nowhere is ignored - from residential areas to the grounds of public buildings like schools and churches, the exterior of commercial premises, and of course public green spaces, parks and verges.
The way we demonstrate our Environmental Responsibility is also assessed by Britain In Bloom judges and a quarter of the overall marks can be awarded in this category. This means everything which affects the cleanliness of our streets and public spaces from natural debris, to litter, dog mess and graffiti and how we manage resources and reduce waste. How things look is also considered – from signage to art, landscaping and protecting our built heritage. Also assessed is the way we support wildlife and encourage biodiversity including our town’s natural heritage.
Britain In Bloom judges can award up to a quarter of the overall marks in this category which examines Community Participation. They look at development, continuity, education, collaboration, communication, publicity, fundraising and the sustainability of our project. They also assess year-round activity and future planning.
So you see, there’s a heck of a lot involved in Altrincham In Bloom’s work and in how the RHS Britain In Bloom judges assess the town. It’s not ‘just about flowers’. It’s about large parts of Altrincham’s existence in a nutshell.