Harrogate BID’s dream of helping the town regaining its floral crown in this year’s 2023 RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals has been put to the test today as the national judges arrived.

The business organisation was selected in the BIDS, Town Centres & City Centres category for its Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration campaign with local florist Helen James Flowers, which featured a town centre floral trail, an indoor exhibition, a shop window competition and imaginative displays including a giant Buddha and floral musical wall.

In the Britain in Bloom awards last October, Harrogate BID was named overall winner in the Yorkshire Rose Town/City Centre BID category, a month after being presented with The President’s Trophy for its work boosting Harrogate’s floral offering at the Harrogate in Bloom Awards.

Its Britain in Bloom efforts came in a partnership with a number of different organisations, including Blamey’s Florist, Harrogate Theatre, The Turkish Baths, Harrogate Library, Harrogate in Bloom and Harrogate Spring Flower Show, not to forget Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks & Gardens team.

Harrogate BID Manager Matthew Chapman said: “We are proud to be recognised as a finalist for the Britain in Bloom UK finals.

“The Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration features unique, vibrant and eye-catching floral displays, each telling a story of how international relations have flourished to bring together the very best of our respective cultures.”

The 2023 RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals will be held in October.