Judging of Bath’s entry in this year’s Britain in Bloom awards will begin with a tour of the landscaping at Crest Nicholson Regeneration’s Bath Riverside development.
The Bath in Bloom committee is responsible for organising the tour of the city for RHS judges who will be evaluating the city’s entry in the South West section of the competition on Wednesday July 17.
Stephen Brook from the Bath in Bloom committee said the city had been very successful in the competition last year, winning a Gold and finishing overall winners in their category.
“This year we are aiming for the same again. Should we do well we are hoping that we will be invited to compete in the National UK Finals next year.
“In planning the route we have looked at various areas of Bath in detail and we were very impressed with what has gone on and the landscaping at the Crest Nicholson Regeneration development at Bath Riverside.”
The judges will start their tour at Bath Riverside at approximately 10.30am.
Judges will spend around 15-20 minutes looking around the landscaping as well as looking at the sculptures and private gated gardens. They will also look at the general landscaping, the living walls outside some of the apartments and the towers of plants inside one of the atriums of one of the apartment buildings.
Judges will also meet representatives from Crest Nicholson Regeneration to explain their plans both now and in the future and at environmental issues including the development’s central heating and hot water system.
“We want to begin the judging tour at Bath Riverside to give the judges a wonderful start with a real "wow" factor.”
Marcus Evans, sales and marketing director at Bath Riverside said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be approached by Bath in Bloom to begin the judging tour at Bath Riverside.
“As developers, we have always been conscious of the need to support and improve the local environments by creating green spaces that support biodiversity and provide inviting spaces for local residents to enjoy. This is a real feather in the cap for all our work here.
“Since we started work on the site, Bath Riverside has installed around 135 sq metres of external living wall over the principal buildings creating visual interest as well as increasing biodiversity and attracting pollinators.
“More than 5,000 plants were used, as well as the addition of insect and bird boxes. The colour, scent and ecological aspects of the living wall combine to enrich the surroundings for the residents and clients of Bath Riverside, with the plants and nature helping to promote a general feeling of well-being.”