Falkland in Fife has been crowned Britain in Bloom’s Champion of Champions for the second year running.

Falkland: Britain in Bloom winner 2010

The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony in Birmingham last month, hosted by Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler. Over 450 community gardening enthusiasts attended.

Alys told AG: “This year’s entries have been of an incredibly high standard, and there’s a diverse array – from large cities to small villages. They’re all helping to make their communities better places to live in. There is clearly a lot of community engagement and that’s exciting to see.”

Over 1,100 communities took part in this year’s challenge, run by the Royal Horticultural Society. But gardeners had to overcome challenges, including the severe winter, late spring, early summer drought, vandalism and shrinking local authority budgets due to the tough economic climate.

Chair of Britain in Bloom’s national judging panel, Roger Burnett, said 2010 had seen a “bumper crop of entries”. Roger said: “The Bloom initiative is the best example of David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ in action.

A series of special discretionary awards were dished out. They included the Local Roots award which went to Halstead for its local heritage and horticulture.

The Commercial Award was presented to Beighton in Sheffield for its Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre. The retail outlet was deemed to have “taken a responsible approach to the environment”.

BRITAIN IN BLOOM 2010: CATEGORY WINNERS

Champion of Champions – Falkland, Fife (gold)

Large City – Sunderland, Northumbria (silver-gilt)

City – Tameside, North West (gold)

Large Town / Small City (35-100k) – Crawley, South East (silver-gilt)

Large Town / Small City (12-35k) – Perth, Scotland (gold)

Town – City of London (gold)

Small Town – Garstang, North West (gold)

Large Village – Comrie, Scotland (gold)

Village – Norton-in-Hales, Heart of England (gold)

Small Village – Beighton, Sheffield (gold)

Coastal (12k and below) – North Berwick, Scotland (gold)

Coastal (12k and above) – Scarborough, Yorkshire (gold)