8 December 2016
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the hundreds of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood group volunteers across the Cumbrian region for the work they have done to bring communities together and create greener, more environmentally friendly and healthier surroundings for all to enjoy.
This year, Britain in Bloom groups from Dalston, Kendal and Silloth-on-Solway represented Cumbria with great distinction at the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards – their success reflects well on everyone.
That so many people have given up their time and taken on the challenge of positively transforming their neighbourhoods is testament to their commitment to living in a greener and more pleasant place. I’ve been driven to write this letter to ensure that the amazing contribution they’ve made is acknowledged and celebrated.
Their efforts, not just over this year, but year in, year out, prove that Cumbria’s community spirit is alive and well. The benefits of the work they do go far beyond the aesthetic, as research and experience have shown that when a community gardens together, civic pride, community spirit and health and happiness levels all increase.
The benefits of gardening and turning grey to green don’t stop there. The work they’ve done has created habitats for wildlife, highlighted the value of the natural world and inspired children to get in touch with nature and learn more about where their food comes from. That all these benefits have been driven by the community is truly tremendous.
With nearly 50 Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups in Cumbria, they really are making an enormous difference.
Thank you to each and every one of them for helping to make Britain a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Director General