Denbigh, Rhyl and Prestatyn have been recognised in numerous categories for their beautiful flower displays in Wales in Bloom 2022.

Wales in Bloom is the regional element of the National Britain in Bloom Competition supported by the Royal Horticultural Society.

This was the first time since Covid that entrants were able to get back together to fund raise and work together in teams.

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In the class for Large Towns, both Prestatyn and Colwyn Bay retained their Gold awards, however this year in a turnaround Colwyn Bay just pipped Prestatyn for first place.  

In the Town Class the standards were raised again with Denbigh, Abergavenny and Ystradgynlais all receiving Gold awards and Holywell getting a Silver Gilt.

Denbigh retained the title for best Town in Wales.

Lyndsey Tasker and Kate Radcliffe of Denbigh in Bloom were totally overwhelmed by becoming the best Town in Wales and said, ‘Wow!, we are lost for words. We would like to pay tribute to the commitment and immense effort of all of our volunteers.’ 

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In the Hotels, Guest Houses, Public Houses and Restaurants with gardens category Bodelwyddan Castle took the top spot and was awarded gold. 

It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) is a scheme for volunteer-led community gardening groups which are focused on cleaning up and greening up their local area. 

It provides groups with the chance to get involved in the wider RHS Britain in Bloom initiative.

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This year there were lots of new entries some of them achieving the top,outstanding award.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Wales in Bloom were proud to present the It’s Your Neighbourhood, National Certificate of Distinction to Rhuddlan Nature Reserve.

Denbighshire communities also recognised in this category include; Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station with Outstanding, Rhuddlan Allotment Society with Outstanding, ReSOURCE CIC Denbigh with thriving, Clwb Bowlio Rhuddlyn with Advancing and Freinds of Prestatyn Coronation Gardens with Advancing. 

This year’s Wales in Bloom Awards Ceremony was hosted by Grow for Talgarth in Mid Wales with entrants visiting the fabulous floral displays through the village.

The winners received their RHS medals and the winners received their plaques from local boys, award winning designers and TV celebrity gardeners Harry and David Rich.  

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Welcoming the guests Rosie Williams and Gaynor Weavers of Grow for Talgarth said: "It’s been an honour and a privilege to host this prestigious event.

"The community have been so supportive showing that we are a true community pulling together to put on this event.

"We have had support from all groups and organisations and not just the gardening groups.

"There is no I in team and that really does go for us in Talgarth and all those who are part of Wales in Bloom."

Following a tribute to and a minute’s silence in respect for her late HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Chairperson, Peter Barton-Price said "Today is a celebration of a whole year’s commitment and effort.

"This year we saw each other without masks, shook each other’s hands and met together."

"Today is the day that we celebrate your efforts and your achievements."