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The Entente Florale Europe ([ɑ̃.tɑ̃t flɔʁal ø.ʁɔp], "Flowery Alliance of Europe") is an international horticultural competition established to recognise municipalities and villages in Europe for excellence in horticultural displays. Trophies are presented annually by tourist boards and horticultural societies of European countries. There are three categories:

  • "Cities" (population over 30,000)
  • "Town" (population of 5,000–30,000)
  • "Village" (population of less than 5,000).[1]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Entente Florale Europe is a competition for Towns and Villages. The competition name puns on the Entente Cordiale ("Friendly Understanding", 1904). Each participating country puts forward a representative Town and Village. The Town and Village are visited by the Jury and an assessment is made. The competition was founded about 41 years ago, initially between Great Britain and France. At present there are twelve member countries and further applications are being processed.

 
Commemorative plaque in Eguisheim, 2006 gold medal in the villages category

In 1996, an international non profit association (AISBL) was founded under the name of Association Européenne pour le Fleurissement et le Paysage (European Association for Blooming and the Countryside), with the responsibility of the overall organisation of the competition and to obtain support from official bodies in the different countries. The AEFP is incorporated under the Belgian Law of 8 September 1997, and the Statutes were published in the Belgian Monitor on 8 September 1998. The amended articles, by Law of May 2, 2002 were published in the Belgian Monitor on April 28, 2006.

Since 1998 under the aegis of the 'Association Européenne pour le Fleurissement et le Paysage', the association and the competition Entente Florale Europe are open to all countries in the European Union as well as to the EFTA members countries (European Free Trade Association).

The competition has enjoyed the support of the International Association of Horticulture producers (AIPH) since its inception. In individual countries the competition is supported and organised by Ministries/Department of Agriculture, Tourism, as well as horticultural bodies and associations.

The President represents the association and is acting for 2 years. Each successive President shall be from a different country per alphabetic order.

ParticipationEdit

Who can Enter ?

The competition is open to all countries in the EU and in the EFTA subject to approval by the board of AEFP. There are three categories, every member country can put forward 2 entries from two different categories.

  • Cities/Towns (population over 30,000)
  • Towns (population between 5,000 and 30,000)
  • Villages (population below 5,000)

How & When to Enter ?

  • Applications are made by the national organisation in charge of the competition.
  • New members are elected by the Board of Directors of the AEFP, by simple majority, at its twice yearly meetings (March & September).
  • Notification of entrants from existing members should reach the Secretariat before December 31 of the year prior to adjudication.

OrganisationEdit

Who organises the Competition?

Overall organisations is by the "Association Européenne du Fleurissement et du Paysage" (A.E.F.P.). AEFP is a non-profit organization, incorporated under Belgian Law(s). Each participant country has its own organisation and is entitled to membership on the Board of Directors of the AEFP. The competition has enjoyed the support of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) since its inception. In individual countries the competition is supported and organised by Ministries/Departments of Agriculture, Environment, Tourism as well as horticultural bodies and associations.

The Aim of the Competition

The overall aim of the competition is the improvement of the quality of life for local urban and village communities. To this end the competition fosters:

  • The greening of towns and villages
  • Flowers, shrubs, green spaces, parks
  • Development which is environmentally and ecologically sensitive
  • Educational and communication initiatives which promote environmental awareness.

Advantages of Joining

You will

  • Enhance the reputation of your town, village, country
  • Facilitate contacts of a tourist, cultural nature
  • Improve the appearance and fabric of your towns and villages
  • Foster community spirit and enhance the quality of life
  • Enable citizens to assume ownership of their local environment

Jury members in 2015Edit

Austria (AT)

  • Martin Wagner, Horticultural engineer; Vice-chair of the jury
  • Johanna Renat, Spatial planner

Belgium (BE)

  • Rudi Geerardyn, Landscape architect & Town planner; Chair of the jury

Czech Republic (CZ)

  • Inka Truxova, Landscape architect
  • Petr Šiřina, Landscape architect
  • Jaroslav Brzak, Landscape architect

Germany (DE)

  • Dr. Rüdiger Kirsten, Landscape architect & Town planner; Vice-chair of the jury
  • Hildegunde Franziska Henrich, Landscape architect & Town planner

Hungary (HU)

  • Dr. Andrea BOCSI, Tourism expert & Economist
  • Dr. Ildikó Réka Báthoryné Nagy, Landscape architect
  • Szilvia Halász Spanyárné, Landscape architect

Ireland (IE)

  • Eamonn De Stafort, Tourism consultant
  • Dr. Christy Boylan, Horticulturist & Landscape architect

Italy (IT)

  • Anna Furlani Pedoja, Landscape architect
  • Jacopo Fontaneto, Agriculture and Green Journalist, Tourism consultant
  • Mauro Paradisi, Municipal urban designer

Netherlands (NL)

  • Nico Anthony Brink Landscape architect
  • Marjolijn Ruijs, Landscape contractor

Slovenia (SI)

  • Anton Schlaus, Architect & Consultant for energy efficient building
  • Martina Schlaus, Architect & Conservator for Cultural Heritage

United Kingdom (UK)

  • Peter Holman, Horticultural & Greenspace Consultant
  • David Littlewood, Horticulturist
  • Mark WASILEWSKI, Park Management

Previous winnersEdit

Note re UK representatives - [2]

Towns/CitiesEdit

Year Austria
 
Belgium
 
Croatia
 
Czech Republic
 
France
 
Germany
 
Hungary
 
Ireland
 
Italy
 
Netherlands
 
Slovenia
 
United Kingdom
 
2017 Schwaz Hamont-Achel - Brno - Duchroth Kaposvár - - Beek en Donk Piran; Žalec -
2016 Bad Ischl
Gold  
Turnhout
Silver  
- Slavkov u Brna
Silver  
- Wangerland
Silver  
Mosonmagyaróvár
Silver  
Tullamore
Gold  
- Dalfsen
Gold  
- -
2015 Mödling
Gold  
Genk
Silver  
- - - Rheinfelden
Gold  
Siófok
Silver  
Trim
Gold  
Merano
Gold  
Bergen op Zoom
Gold  
Slovenj Gradec
Gold  
Henley
Silver  
2014 - Eeklo
Silver  
Đakovo
Bronze  
- - Kitzingen
Gold  
Gyula
Gold  
Tralee
Gold  
Neviglie
Silver  
Amstelveen
Gold  
Slovenske Konjice
Gold  
Edinburgh
Gold  
2013 Kufstein
Silver  
Sint Niklaas
Silver  
Zagreb
Silver  
- - Dresden
Gold  
Hévíz
Silver  
Ballincollig
Silver  
Spello
Silver  
Weert
Gold  
Bled
Silver  
Birmingham
Gold  
2012 Fürstenfeld
Silver  
La Louvière; Hoogstraten
Gold  
Osijek
Bronze  
Uherské Hradiště
Silver  
- - Százhalombatta
Silver  
Clonmel
Silver  
Savigliano
Silver  
Ermelo
Silver  
Ptuj
Bronze  
Bristol; Rustington
Gold  
2011 Neusiedl am See
Silver  
Veurne
Gold  
Varaždin
Silver  
Broumov
Silver  
- Bad Langensalza
Gold  
Balatonfüred
Gold  
Drogheda
Silver  
Grado
Gold  
Deventer
Gold  
- Tameside
Silver  
2010 Kirchschlag in der Buckligen Welt
Silver  
Hasselt
Silver  
Požega
commemoration certificate
Havířov
Silver  
Beauvais
Silver  
Westerstede
Gold  
Sopron
Silver  
Carrick on Shannon
Gold  
Avigliana
Silver  
Vlaardingen
Gold  
Mozirje
Silver  
+ Lucia Cikes award
Stockton on Tees
Gold  
2009 Deutschlandsberg
Silver  
+ special award
Nieuwpoort
Silver  
Mali Lošinj
Silver  
Krnov
Silver  
- Weimar
Silver  
+ special award
Szombathely
Silver  
Dundalk
Silver  
Avigliana
Silver  
Arnhem
Gold  
Kamnik
Silver  
Buxton
Silver  
2008 Tulln
Gold  
Arlon
Silver  
Split
Silver  
Kyjov[3]
Silver  
Tours
Gold  
Düsseldorf
Gold  
Gyula
Silver  
Letterkenny
Gold  
Cervia
Gold  
Uden
Gold  
Rogaška Slatina
Silver  
Plymouth
Silver  
2007 - Mechelen
Gold  
Biograd
Silver  
Tábor
Silver  
Nancy
Gold  
Münster
Gold  
Eger
Gold  
Killarney
Gold  
Omegna
Bronze  
Amersfoort
Gold  
Novo Mesto
Bronze  
+ special award
Shrewsbury
Gold  
2006 Linz
Gold  
Kortrijk
Gold  
Opatija
Silver  
Plzeň
Silver  
Beaune
Gold  
Kiel
Gold  
Nagyatád
Gold  
Kilkenny
Silver  
Alba[4]
Bronze  
Zwolle
Gold  
Šenčur
Bronze  
Cardiff
Gold  
2005 Baden
Gold  
Middelkerke
Silver  
Rab
Silver  
Litomyšl
Silver  
Le Plessis-Robinson
Gold  
Potsdam
Gold  
Makó
Silver  
Lismore
Gold  
's-Hertogenbosch
Silver  
Radenci
Bronze  
Sheffield
Gold  
2004 Donaustadt
Gold  
Lochristi
Silver  
Velika Gorica
Silver  
Brno
Silver  
Cahors
Gold  
Bad Kissingen
Gold  
Kaposvár
Gold  
Westport
Gold  
Enschede
Silver  
Žalec
Silver  
Bridgnorth
Silver  
2003 Kindberg
Gold  
- Kastela
Bronze  
Prachatice
Silver  
Hyères
Gold  
Bad Säckingen
Gold  
Zalakaros
Silver  
Malahide
Gold  
Venlo
Gold  
Slovenj Gradec
Silver  
Harrogate
Gold  
+ Lucia Cikes award
2002 Pinkafeld
Gold  
Tielt
Silver  
Frýdek-Místek
Bronze  
Évian-les-Bains
Gold  
Celle
Silver  
Paks
Silver  
Ennis
Gold  
Alphen aan den Rijn
Gold  
Ptuj
Silver  
Bath
Silver  
2001 Tulln
Gold  
Gent
Silver  
Limoges
Gold  
Luckau
Silver  
Győr
Silver  
Killarney
Silver  
Sittard
Silver  
Kamnik
Gold  
Sunderland
Gold  
2000 Frohnleiten
Gold  
Schoten
Silver  
Grande-Synthe
Silver  
Heilbronn
Gold  
Sárospatak
Silver  
Letterkenny
Bronze  
Leusden
Silver  
Nova Gorica
Bronze  
Solihull
Gold  
1999 Sankt Veit an der Glan[5]
Silver  
Oudenaarde
Silver  
Cesson-Sévigné
Gold  
Fulda
Gold  
Tata
Silver  
Westport
Silver  
Doetinchem
Silver  
Velenje
Gold  
Wetherby
Gold  
1998 Kitzbühel
Silver  
Blankenberge
Bronze  
Montbéliard
Gold  
Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Silver  
Héviz
Silver  
Kilkenny
Silver  
Voorburg
Silver  
Slovenske Konjice
Gold  
Nottingham
Gold  
1997 Kindberg
Silver  
Diest
Bronze  
Rueil-Malmaison
Gold  
Augsburg
Gold  
Siófok
Gold  
Ennis
Silver  
Veenendaal
Gold  
Oxford
Silver  
1996 Bregenz
Silver  
Malmedy
Gold  
Cabourg
Silver  
Duderstadt
Silver  
Székesfehérvár
Silver  
Skerries
Gold  
Breda
Bronze  
Barnstaple
Gold  
1995 Köflach Bruges Mâcon Grevenbroich Sarvár Clonakilty Heiloo Bournemouth
1994 Tulln Roeselare Metz Burchau Balatonföldvar Letterkenny - Perth
1993 Hall Enghien Le Touquet-Paris-Plage Veszprém Kenmare Driebergen Port Sunlight
1992 Sankt Jakob im Walde Eupen Aix-les-Bains Eger Westport Thorn St Ives, Cornwall[6]
1991 Steinfurt Malmedy Beaune Kecskemét Limerick - Saintfield
1990 Frohnleiten Saint Kathrein Spa Les Avirons Budapest Malahide Voorst Telford
1989 Baden Hasselt Angers Carlow Asten Bury St. Edmunds
1988 Bregenz Genk Épinal Killarney Dordrecht Stratford upon Avon
1987 Pottenbrunn Ossongne Créteil Kill Shrewsbury
1986 Klagenfurt Bruges Cabourg Kinsale Torquay
1985 - Westrozebeke Mareil-sur-Loir Ardee Sampford Courtenay
1984 Mönichwald - Ferrières-les-Bois Galway Kelso
1983 Leoben Hasselt Vélizy-Villacoublay Birr Eastbourne
1982 Wenigzell Profondeville Viriat Kilkenny Dary
1981 Millstatt Kortrijk Courrières Malahide Exeter
1980 Wien Durbuy Nantes York
1979 Reith im Alpbachtal Bruges Vichy St Andrews
1978 Antwerpen; Duffel Orléans; Thonon-les-Bains Bath; Aberdovey
1977 Bruxelles; Leuven Cannes; Yvoire Harrogate; Falmouth
1976 Kortrijk; Ghent Nice; Évian-les-Bains Douglas
1975 Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne Aberdeen; Nantwich

VillagesEdit

Year Austria
 
Belgium
 
Croatia
 
Czech Republic
 
France
 
Germany
 
Hungary
 
Ireland
 
Italy
 
Netherlands
 
Slovenia
 
United Kingdom
 
2017 St Anton am Arlberg - - Kostelní Lhota - - Tihany Glaslough; Abbeyleix Pomaretto; Faedo - - -
2016 - - - Hrušky
Silver  
- - Dunakiliti
Silver  
Straffan
Silver  
- Ootmarsum
Silver  
Šmarješke Toplice
Silver  
-
2015 - - - Modrá
Silver  
- Wieden
Silver  
Balatongyörök
Gold  
Kilrush
Gold  
La Magdeleine
Bronze  
Beesel
Silver  
Radlje ob Dravi
Silver  
-
2014 Haus
Gold  
- Nin
Silver  
Cehnice
Gold  
- Sommerach
Gold  
Zebegény
Silver  
Dromod
Silver  
Usseaux
Silver  
Zuidlaren
Gold  
Velika Polana
Gold  
Bournemouth
Gold  
2013 Söll
Silver  
- - Dolní Břežany
Silver  
- Kirchbach
Silver  
Csopak
Silver  
Clonegal
Gold  
Etroubles
Gold  
Bergeijk
Gold  
Podčetrtek
Gold  
-
2012 Gamlitz
Gold  
- - Drmoul - Dötlingen Lövő Abbeyshrule Sordevolo Dwingeloo Cerklje -
2011 Rennweg am Katschberg
Gold  
- - Smrzice
Silver  
- Wiesenburg
Silver  
Paloznak
Silver  
Clonegal
Gold  
Transacqua
Silver  
Elburg
Silver  
- -
2010 Reichenau an der Rax
Silver  
Ittre
Silver  
Sveti Martin na Muri
Silver  
Studenec[7]
Silver  
Guyencourt-Saulcourt
Gold  
Banzkow
Silver  
Lipót
Gold  
Emly
Silver  
Stresa
Silver  
Helenaveen (Deurne)
Silver  
Šentjernej
Silver  
St. Brelade
Gold  
2009 Mooskirchen
Gold  
Gouvy
Silver  
Molve
Silver  
Mořice
Silver  
+ special award
- Rieth
Silver  
Gelse
Silver  
+ special award
Clonakilty
Gold  
Pré-Saint-Didier
Gold  
Sluis
Silver  
Olimje
Gold  
Forres
Gold  
2008 Hanfthal
Silver  
Zwevegem
Gold  
Novi Vinodolski
Silver  
Tvarožná Lhota
Silver  
Aubigny-sur-Nère[8]


Silver 

Rehinghausen
Silver  
Tápiógyörgye
Silver  
Tallanstown
Gold  
Bergolo
Silver  
Beek/Ubbergen
Bronze  
Medana
Bronze  
Garstang
Gold  
2007 Donnersbach
Gold  
Flohimont
Bronze  
Primošten
Gold  
Zálší
Bronze  
Gelaucourt
Silver  
Gersbach
Gold  
Noszvaj
Bronze  
Birdhill
Gold  
Limone Piemonte
Gold  
Haren
Bronze  
+ Lucia Cikes award
Smlednik
Silver   
+ special award
Falkland, Fife
Gold
2006 Virgen
Gold  
Sohier
Silver  
Skradinski Buk
Bronze  
Svojsin
Bronze  
Eguisheim
Gold  
Brokeloh
Gold  
Orfű
Bronze  
Aughrim
Gold  
Cella Monte
Silver  
Wijhe
Silver  
Križeča vas
Silver  
Usk
Silver  
2005 Hornsburg
Gold  
Villers-la-Ville
Bronze  
Brela
Bronze  
Písečná
Gold  
Oger
Gold  
Bertsdorf-Hörnitz
Gold  
Ruzsa
Bronze  
Glenties
Silver  
- Oosterbeek
Gold  
Radenci
Bronze  
St. Ives;[9] Carbis Bay
Gold  
2004 Cayriech
Gold  
Nußdorf am Inn
Gold  
Šentjernej
Silver  
Darley
Gold  
2003 Bormes-les-Mimosas
Gold  
Neuenweg
Silver  
Zreče
Silver  
2002 Antau Omal/Geer Telecí Yvoire
Silver  
Päse
Gold  
Gyederlak Stradbally Ommen Kostanjevica na Krki
Silver  
Thorpe Salvin
2001 Saint-Hilaire-les-Places
Gold  
Obercunnersdorf
Gold  
Leighlinbridge
Gold  
Dreischor
Gold  
Spodnja Idrija
Silver  
2000 Saint-Aubin[10]
Silver  
Immenstaad-Kippenhausen
Silver  
Clonakilty
Gold  
Sint-Oedenrode
Gold  
Podčetrtek
Silver  
1999 Juvigné
Gold  
Schweickershausen
Silver  
Clonakilty
Gold  
1998 Rougegoutte
Silver  
Bruchhausen
Gold  
Žiče
Bronze  
1997 Forest-l'Abbaye
Bronze  
Horsdorf
Gold  
1996 La Vraie-Croix
Gold  
Rambach
Silver  
Skerries
Gold  
1995 Veldenz
Certificate of Excellence
1994 Bürchau
Certificate of Excellence
Broughshane
1991 Saintfield
1990 Forres
1989 Market Bosworth
1988 St Florence
1987 Sorn
1986 Moira
1985 Stamford Courtney
1984 Lympstone
1983 Lund
1982 Pateley Bridge
1981 Killingworth
1980 Warrington
1979 Holywell
1978 Pateley BridgeNote 1; Sidmouth; Aberdovey
1977 Falmouth; Wolviston
1976 Colwyn Bay; Leven
1975 Clovelly & Edzell

NotesEdit

Note 1 - in some cases the overall winner from the UK is not named in "Britain in Bloom" by Graham Ashworth as an Entente Florale Representative (namely Bath in 1975 and Pateley Bridge in 1978).
Note 2 - Luxembourg competed between years 1980 - 1988.
Note 3 - Switzerland competed between years 1984 - 1986.
Note 4 - Portugal competed in year 1991 and between years 1994 - 2000.
Note 5 - Canada competed between years 1992 - 1993.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Entente Florale Europe official site - Participation
  2. ^ The names of UK representatives from 1975 to 1991 are taken from Britain in Bloom by Graham Ashworth (Graham Ashworth CBE, Britain in Bloom, page 90, The Tidy Britain Group (Wigan:1991)). Please note that Pateley Bridge in 1978 and Bath in 1975 won the competition yet are not listed by Ashworth as representatives.
  3. ^ "Download CZ-Kyjov-Web.pdf Free download from http://www.entente-florae.eu" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2012.  External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ "premi per il verde" (in Italian). Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sankt Veit an der Glan". Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "St. Ives Gardens". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "CZ_Studenec_pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Aubigny sur Nère, le pays des Ecossais !" (in French). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "About St Ives". Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nos jardiniers ont du talent !" (PDF). Retrieved 30 May 2012. 

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