Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges have just 12 days this month [August 2015] to assess over 5,000 acres of green space at 70 locations across the UK.

Each location is a finalist in this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom contest and will be judged on three key points: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

It’s not just traditional hanging baskets and bedding displays that will be scrutinised. Conservation areas and wildflower meadows will be examined.

Chair of the Bloom judging panel, Roger Burnett, said: “We’re keen to see how finalists have used public green spaces for the benefit of communities, supported local wildlife and considered the environment in their efforts.”

Britain in Bloom started in 1964. Now in its 51st year, more than half of finalists say the biggest benefit of Bloom is its ability to bring communities together.

Other benefits cited by finalists include having cleaner, greener surroundings, and increased levels of civic pride.