THIS year’s RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals competition will not be going ahead due the coronavirus outbreak.

Organisers say the health and safety of communities, volunteers and judges remains the number one priority.

"With the Government advising everyone to follow social distancing measures, it is sadly not currently possible for finalists to carry out their usual community gardening activities," a spokesman said.

They added: "Communities put huge year-round effort into Britain in Bloom to the benefit of both people and the environment and we know our 70 finalists will be very disappointed. The decision has not been taken lightly and we hope that many groups will want to participate again in 2021."

Britain in Bloom groups with queries can contact the RHS at