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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

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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 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.

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 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.

Full report: £10,000 on bees from Italy for Shropshire

Whether you love or hate bees, there is no denying that we all need them. But with the wet summers and harsh winters we've had, the bee population is shrinking rapidly.

At one farming estate in the Midlands, they've lost 102 of their 150 hives. So they've taken drastic action by importing £10,000 worth of bees, from Italy - to try to boost numbers. Kate Fisher reports.

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Company spends £10,000 importing bees after huge numbers die

The Food Centre has spent £10,000 importing the bees from the continent

Bees are being brought from Europe to Ludlow Food Centre, to replace the hives that have declined in recent years.

In Ludlow, 102 out of the 150 hives have gone, which is believed to be mainly down to bad weather.

The Food Centre has spent £10,000 importing the bees from the continent.

Judge calls climate protesters 'conscientious'

Speaking at the sentencing of 21 climate change activists who shut down the West Burton Power Station in Nottinghamshire last August, the judge at Nottingham Magistrates Court described the activists as:

"...decent educated men and women, many of whom already volunteered in the community… I take into account the conscientious motives of all of you"

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