Melrosians sow seed for RHS final

Melrose has been selected from more than 1,000 entries to take part in the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

The town is one of only 73 finalists and has been placed into the large village category, alongside Tatsfield, Hutton Cranswick, Hillsborough, Market Bosworth and Warkworth.

RHS Britain in Bloom is the nation’s largest environmental campaign and involves more than 200,000 volunteers. Last year, the RHS released a report showing how the campaign is making a major difference to the social, environmental and economic health of the country. Examples of key findings are that community gardening reduces crime and encourages social cohesion.

The 2012 RHS Britain in Bloom results will be announced in October at a special awards ceremony in St Peter Port, Guernsey.