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News article created on 31 August 2017

Nation’s favourite blooming boats announced

Thousands of votes have been cast for the nation’s favourite flower-filled boats in our inaugural Boats in Bloom awards and we’re now ready to announce the winners.

Business in Bloom shortlist - The Herb Boat Business in Bloom winner - The Herb Boat

From a shortlist of boats and gardens nominated by waterway lovers, you have been voting for your favourite in six different categories. 

The winners are:

Most flower-filled boat: ‘Imojean’ in Blisworth Marina, Northampton

Most edible boat: ‘Lucky 13’ in Watford

Most inventive use of space:  ‘Dreamcatcher’, travelling in London

Best wildlife friendly garden:  ‘Trespassers Watch’ in Cosgrove Marina, Milton Keynes

Best towpath business in bloom:  ‘Herbacious’ (The Herb Boat), travelling in the south east

Best towpath garden:  ‘Meg Merrilies’ in Hockley Port, Birmingham

Take a look at the boats

Matthew Symonds, boating manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “If you walk along any towpath you’ll be likely to find a beautiful boat festooned with flowers, bringing a little bit of extra joy to the waterways. We wanted to say thank you to these gardeners with our Boats in Bloom awards.  It’s been fantastic to see how blossoming boats have captured the public’s imagination, and hopefully provided some inspiration too!

“The waterways are a wonderful place to come and relax and at the Canal & River Trust we work hard to keep them open for people to enjoy. If you’ve caught the canal bug there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, from adopting a local stretch of waterway to getting involved in some of our local volunteering groups. You could find yourself creating your own towpath garden!

“The canals wouldn’t be such entrancing places without the little – and larger – efforts the people who love them make. Boats in Bloom is celebrating the green-fingered boaters and waterside gardeners who help to bring them to life – thank you to everyone who has raised a smile with their planting.”