News Tuesday: 6th March 2012

Guernsey to Host RHS Britain in Bloom Finals

Guernsey Flowers Guernsey’s capital, St. Peter Port, will host the RHS Britain in Bloom finals during October this year.

RHS Britain in Bloom is a wide-ranging environmental campaign across the UK, with over 200,000 volunteers planting and maintaining shrubs, flowers and trees throughout their communities. 73 finalists have recently been selected from over 1,000 entries.

The 2012 theme is ‘Wild about Wildflowers’; finalists will be judged on three criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

“Collectively the nation has planted more than 115,000 trees, 352,000 shrubs and 21.6 million plants and bulbs annually, contributing to an improved UK. It is an honour for the RHS to be associated with these groups and individuals.”

– Sue Biggs, RHS Director General

Source: Royal Horticultural Society

March Sees a Sark ‘Starfest’

Sark Starfest Sark was the first place in the world to be awarded official ‘Dark Sky Island’ status, and is preparing to celebrate their status later this month.

A Starfest will take place on the island over the weekend of 17th and 18th March, giving visitors and locals a fantastic opportunity to experience untouched night skies across the island. The starfest will include a presentation by Dr Marek Kukula, the Greenwich Public Astronomer.

Hopefully the weather will hold and visitors can enjoy star-gazing from one of the Channel Islands’ quietest locations!

Source: Channel TV Online

Live and Unsigned Partnership for Guernsey Festival

Live and Unsigned with the Guernsey Festival The Guernsey Festival, now in its second successful year, has recently teamed up with Live & Unsigned UK. The festival will be offering a lucky unsigned band or artist the chance to play an opening slot at the island’s summer music festival.

The competition invites musicians from across the United Kingdom to audition for a finalists’ spot, with the winners playing at over 30 festivals across the UK. Finalists are selected by revered industry judges, such as Annie Nightingale (Radio 1), Aziz Ibrahim (Simply Red and The Stone Roses) and Alex Baker (Kerrang!).

“This is a great opportunity to add another unique aspect to this year’s scheduling and we’re looking forward to welcoming one of the grand finalists to the Guernsey Festival”

– Festival organiser Jon Stephen

The winner will take to the stage on Sunday 24th June.

Source: Isle News & The Guernsey Festival Website

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