A number of towns and cities in the Anglia region have made it through to the finals of the Britain in Bloom competition.
Nine communities have been selected from more than 1,000 entrants to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2013. They're among 80 finalists
- Colchester, Essex - Small city category
- Filby, Norfolk - Village category
- Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - Coastal (over 12,000) category
- Halstead, Essex - Champion of Champions category
- The Lanes in Norwich - Urban Community category
- Norwich - City category
- Levington, Suffolk - Small village category
- Wisbech, Cambridgeshire - Large town category
- Market Harborough, Leicestershire - Large town category
– Andrea Van Sittart, Royal Horticultural Society
“Thanks to the legacy of London 2012, the power of volunteering has never been more widely recognised or appreciated. Britain in Bloom saw a 30% uplift in sign-ups over the past year and this year, we have a record number of finalists. It seems more people are prepared to donate time and energy to projects like this, because they’re aware that improving their neighbourhoods can change lives and boost people’s confidence, health and happiness."
Britain in Bloom was started in 1964 by the British Tourist Board as a way of marketing the country through floral displays. Although the campaign runs all year round, the run-up to the judges’ tour is a time when communities throughout the UK unite and redouble their efforts.
The annual award ceremony is being held this year in Cleethorpes in October.