City vies for 'best flowers' title

Birmingham will represent the UK in the Entente Florale competition, which judges cities across Europe for their horticultural and environmental work.

Birmingham in bloom for international competition

Spitfire in bloom Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham represents the country in a European competition to find the best environmental city.

Judges have been in the city to see what horticultural and environmental qualities it has to offer.

Flower sculpture on New Street

These are just some of the sights the judges of the Entente Florale contest have seen today in Birmingham, which faces competition from cities across the continent.

The winner will be announced on September 27.

Flowers on Victoria Square Credit: ITV News Central

Judges shown Birmingham's best in garden contest

Judges in a competition to find Europe's best garden city were today being shown around some of Birmingham's best-known historical landmarks.

They set off this morning and have taken a tour around popular spots including Eastside, Millennium Point, Sarehole Mill, Longbridge, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston Guinea Gardens, St Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row and Birmingham Council House.

Birmingham's St Philip's Cathedrial in Colmore Row is among the popular spots to be shown to judges
Birmingham's St Philip's Cathedrial in Colmore Row is among the popular spots to be shown to judges Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The visit is part of the judging process for the Entente Florale competition, which aims to pick the best horticultural and environmental city in Europe.

Birmingham will be up against cities in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Slovenia in the battle for the title.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Belgium on September 27.

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Birmingham battles for 'best flowers in Europe' title

Birmingham has been chosen to represent the UK in a competition to find the best environmental city in Europe.

This weekend, a judging panel made up of dignitaries from across Europe will visit some of the city's best-known historical landmarks as part of the Entente Florale contest.

One of Birmingham's floral displays, created for a gardening competition in 2012
One of Birmingham's floral displays, created for a gardening competition in 2012 Credit: Birmingham City Council

Birmingham is up against cities in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Slovenia in the battle for the title.

They will be judged on both their horticultural and environmental qualities.