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April 28, 2018

Britain In Bloom s01e06-10.

Britain In Bloom focuses on fifteen different communities as they prepare to enter the RHS’s prestigious annual floral competition this summer. Presented by Chris Bavin, each episode tells the story of one community’s first preparations for Bloom right through to Judging Day itself.

Ep06: Lytham.

Chris Bavin helps the volunteers of Lytham in Lanchashire with their entry for Britain in Bloom. They aim to decorate a staggering 50% of their seaside town with flowers and impress the judges with their key Bloom projects. First, they aim to transform the central market square with a 12-foot-high floral windmill plus a life-sized figure made out of flowers. Then, one of the youngest Bloom committee members wants to create a spectacular musicals-themed garden around the temporary ticket booth in the square. Finally, at the newly revamped Scout hut, the Bloomers transform the dusty concrete grounds into a sustainable garden with flowers and vegetables. This is an ambitious grand plan and they've only got seven weeks until judging day

Ep07: Breaston.
Chris Bavin meets the community of Breaston in Derbyshire which is entering Britain in Bloom for the first time. With little gardening experience between them, the Breaston Bloomers are ambitiously planning to fill the whole village with flowers. They feel it's important to keep the community spirit alive and want to involve as many residents as possible. They have decided on three main projects to try and win gold. Their centenary garden needs to impress the judges, so the Bloomers create a centrepiece Bug Hotel. Next, they plan to create a welcoming entrance to the village, and lastly they want to plant over 1,000 flowers in the centre of the village. They've only got six weeks until judging day.

Ep08: Melksham.
The Melksham Bloomers have been entering the annual flower competition for five years, but they've never won gold. They are upping the ante but major roadworks in the town square threaten to scupper their chances. Chris Bavin heads to this Wiltshire market town to help them with their grand plan. First up, the high street needs to be breathtaking so the Bloomers have come up with a brand new idea to fill the area with colour. Then their heritage quarter needs to look its absolute floral best, and the library beds need a complete revamp. With judging day just six weeks away, there's a huge amount to do, so Melksham have to call upon the services of their secret weapon - their perfectionist gardener who makes sure everyting is to gold-winning standard.

Ep09: Grimsby.

Chris Bavin travels to the Lincolnshire coast to meet a group of dedicated Bloomers determined to put the 'Great' back into Great Grimsby. Last year their council funding for Bloom was cut and the volunteers had to drop out of the competition, but they are back and have created a social enterprise company to raise funds. Money remains tight, but these gold-winning Bloomers take a huge risk by opting to take on one of the most-deprived estates in their town. To brighten up this area, they tackle a neglected stretch of the River Freshney which flows through the estate. The river is clogged with weeds and rubbish and needs to be cleaned up. They also clear an overgrown jungle at the entrance to the estate and give an old bowling pavilion a floral makeover. But their valiant efforts will be in vain if they can't persuade the residents to stop dumping rubbish.

Ep10: Oakham.

Chris Bavin heads to the historic market town of Oakham in Rutland where the Bloomers are having to cope with major roadworks around the town. They can't avoid them, so the team has decided to embrace the construction with a roadworks-themed Bloom entry. They aim to fill their windows with planted-up traffic cones and hard hats. At the showcase library gardens, they hope to fill the beds with traffic light-coloured blooms. Finally, they're engaging the wider community to produce bespoke planters to green up the centre. But this community knows all too well that things can go wrong at any time - last year they were hit with a scandal involving slugs that threatened to scupper the whole competition.

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