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RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom. It was first held in 1963, initiated by the British Tourist Board based on the example set by Fleurissement de France (now Conseil national de villes et villages fleuris), which since 1959 has promoted the annual Concours des villes et villages fleuris.[1] It has been organised by the Royal Horticultural Society
Royal Horticultural Society
(RHS) since 2002. The competition is entered by the communities of towns, villages and cities. Different categories exist for various sizes of settlements. Groups are assessed for their achievements in three core pillars: Horticultural Excellence; Environmental Responsibility; and Community Participation. Over 1,600 communities around the UK enter each year, participating in their local region's "in Bloom" campaign. From these regional competitions, roughly 80 communities are selected to enter the national Finals of RHS Britain in Bloom.[2] It is a popular campaign, estimated to involve more than 200,000 volunteers in cleaning up and greening up their local area.[3] Since 2002, the awards have been based on the Royal Horticultural Society's medal standards of Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze;[4] the winner is the settlement judged to have most successfully met the rigorous judging criteria. Judging at the regional stage takes place around June/ July; judging for the national stage takes place in August. The results for the UK Finals are announced in September/ October. The competition covers the UK, the Channel Islands
Channel Islands
and the Isle of Man. Floral displays play an important part in the contest, but the "Bloom" title is now, perhaps, misleading: in recent years the competition has increasingly assessed how all sectors of the local community are managing their local environment. In 2006, the RHS introduced the Neighbourhood Awards (now the It's Your Neighbourhood campaign), a grassroots sister campaign to Bloom, supporting smaller, volunteer-led community groups focused on improving their immediate environment.


1 History 2 Structure 3 Judging 4 National winners

4.1 2010 to 2016 4.2 2000 to 2009 4.3 1964 to 1999

5 Subsequent competitions 6 Discretionary awards

6.1 2010 to 2016 6.2 2000 to 2009 6.3 1971 to 1999

7 Regions 8 RHS It's Your Neighbourhood 9 Source of civic pride 10 Further reading 11 References and notes 12 External links 13 Other languages

History[edit] The history of the 'Bloom', as it is colloquially referred to,[5] began in 1963 when Roy Hay MBE, a horticultural journalist, went on holiday to France during the Fleurissement de France and was enthralled by seeing the country "filled to overflowing with flowers, shrubs and trees all in full bloom". His enquiries revealed that President de Gaulle had given orders to brighten up the country and the French Tourist Authority had set up the Fleurissement de France in 1959 (now called Concours des villes et villages fleuris). Hay was so impressed that he approached the British Tourist Authority ("BTA"), and he and Len Lickorish, then Director General of the BTA, set up a committee to run a British version, "Britain in Bloom". It was piloted by the British Tourist Authority in 1963 ( Lewisham
being part of that pilot[6]), and went national in 1964. Many organisations were invited to help, including: The Automobile Association; London Tourist Board; National Farmers' Union; London Parks; Institute of Parks and Recreation Administration; National Association of Rural Communities; Royal Horticultural Society; Royal Automobile Club; The Tourist Boards of England, Scotland
and Wales; The National Federation of Women's Institutes; Civic Trust; Keep Britain Tidy Group; the Flowers and Plants Council; The Horticultural Trades Association; The British Hotels and Restaurants Association; The Society of Town Clerks; Townswomen's Guild and British Airways. Despite this impressive list, Roy Hay later reflected that the initial reaction of the horticultural trade and local authorities was lukewarm.[5] Nevertheless, regional committees were quickly formed, and in 1964 Bath became the first national winner. From 1964 to 1969 inclusive there was an overall national winner. From 1970, however, the competition was divided up into a range of categories, because of the difficulty of comparing settlements of different sizes fairly.[5] The British Tourist Authority managed the competition until 1983 when the Government Department sponsoring the BTA felt that it should relinquish the responsibility. The Tidy Britain Group
Tidy Britain Group
(the group responsible for the Keep Britain Tidy
Keep Britain Tidy
campaign, now known as EnCams) took over; it already had a long association with the competition. To mark the changeover, 1983 was celebrated as "Beautiful Britain in Bloom Year".[5] Sir Lawrie Barratt of Barratt Developments expressed his support to the Tidy Britain Group
Tidy Britain Group
for the competition and provided sponsorship until 1989. More categories and awards were added, in part reflecting a greater range of settlements, but also to recognise other elements of horticulture, including landscaping, and also to recognise the strenuous efforts to beautify the urban areas of the larger cities. McDonald's
began sponsoring the competition from 1990, which led to focus on littering behaviour and the implementation of a Children's Painting Competition Calendar.[5] In 2001, the event was organised jointly by EnCams
and the Royal Horticultural Society, and from November 2001 the RHS took full control as the organising body of Britain in Bloom.[7]

Year Organising Body Main Sponsor

1964 to 1982 British Tourist Authority No main sponsor

1983 to 1989 Tidy Britain Group Barratt Developments

1990 to TBC Tidy Britain Group McDonald's

2001 Tidy Britain Group
Tidy Britain Group
& Royal Horticultural Society TBC

2002 to 2003 Royal Horticultural Society B&Q (from 2003)[8]

2004 to 2006 Royal Horticultural Society B&Q

2007 to 2009 Royal Horticultural Society Shredded Wheat

2011 to 2011 Royal Horticultural Society Anglian Windows

2012 - Royal Horticultural Society No main sponsor


An emblem on the side of an Arriva bus, celebrating Horsham's 2007 victory in the Small City/Large Town category

The competition currently has twelve entry categories, most of which are determined by population size. Within each category, similarly sized communities compete across a spectrum of horticultural endeavour, community participation and environmental responsibility, which includes dealing with issues of litter, graffiti and vandalism.[7]

Category A

Small Village Village Large Village

Category B

Small Town Town Large Town

Category C

Small City City Large City

Category D

Urban Community

Category E

Small Coastal (electoral roll up to 12K) Large Coastal (electoral roll over 12K)

Judging[edit] RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
encompasses 18 Regions/ Nations (12 English regions, as well as Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey
and Guernsey). Judging takes place over two years in two stages:

Regional competition: Entries are first submitted by voluntary local 'Bloom' Committees, depending upon the area, to Local Authorities, Town or Parish Councils. These communities take part in their regional competition, for example South West in Bloom. The local volunteers are colloquially known as "bloomers".[9] Judging takes place in June/July, and winners are announced during local presentations between August and November.

UK-wide: After the judging of the regional stage, Committees representing their nation/region select entrants for the second UK-wide stage. To ensure that effort is sustained over time, this second stage of judging takes place in August the year after they qualify. Winners of the UK judging are announced at a prestigious ceremony in September/October.[10]

National winners[edit] 2010 to 2016[edit]


Winner Known

Category Dormant

Category Not Created/No longer exists

Winner unknown/Not known if category exists

Year Champion of Champions[11] Large City City Small City Large Town Town Small Town Large Village Village Small Village Urban Community Business Improvement District Coastal Resort

Coastal up to 12K Coastal over 12K

2016[12] Ahoghill Wigan Aberdeen Harrogate Coleraine Haddington Freckleton Hillsborough Castlecaulfield
and Elswick, joint winners not awarded Kippax, Leeds not awarded St Brelade, Jersey Southport

2015[13] Norton in Hales Birmingham Dundee Bury St Helier, Jersey Falmouth Ahoghill Coupar Angus Spofforth Wolfscastle Woodlesford London Bridge St Pierre du Bois, Guernsey Cleethorpes

2014 Shrewsbury Sunderland Oldham Bath Truro Shevington
& District and Halstead, joint winners Dunnington Hillsborough Moorsholm
and Norton in Hales, joint winners Bray
Village Port Marine & Village Quarter (Portishead)

Hunstanton St Peter Port

2013 Lytham Edinburgh London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
and Stockton-on-Tees, joint winners

Shrewsbury Biddulph Morpeth Ahoghill Coupar Angus Pembridge Barton in Fabis
Barton in Fabis
and Scarva, joint winners Woolton

Village and Dartmouth, joint winners Prestatyn

2012 Broughshane Birmingham Oldham Loughborough Belper Halstead Wimborne Market Bosworth Spofforth Stanghow Chirk (Wales) and Kippax (Leeds), joint winners

and North Berwick Herne Bay

2011 Cricklade Bristol Stockton-on-Tees Derry Glenrothes Rustington St Martin, Guernsey Broughshane Luddenden Loughgall Uddingston

Whitby Cleethorpes

2010 Falkland Sunderland Tameside Crawley Perth City of London Garstang Comrie Norton in Hales Stanghow
and Wolfscastle Beighton, Sheffield

North Berwick Scarborough, North Yorkshire

2000 to 2009[edit]

Year Champion of Champions[11] Large City City Small City Large Town Town Small Town Small Country Town Large Village Village Small Village Urban Regeneration Urban Community Coastal Resort

Coastal up to 12K Coastal over 12K

2009 Falkland[14] London Borough of Croydon Stockton-on-Tees Harrogate Wisbech Thornbury [15][16] Pitlochry

Broughshane, Northern Ireland Chipping, Lancashire Tarrington

City Centre St Brelade, Jersey Cleethorpes

2008[17] Nottingham Sheffield Solihull Taunton Perth Forres Cricklade

Falkland, Scotland Earsdon Ravenfield Chapelfield, Norwich Clifton Village, Bristol Herm, Guernsey Exmouth

2007[18] Broughshane, Northern Ireland Nottingham, East Midlands Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham Horsham, South East England Bury
St Edmunds, Anglia Oakham, East Midlands Grouville, Jersey

Comrie, Scotland Darley, Yorkshire Nominations but No Winners St Philip's & St Paul's Floral Trail, Heart of England Uddingston, Scotland Cleethorpes, East Midlands

2006 Alness, Scotland No Nominations Aberdeen, Scotland Shrewsbury, Heart of England Perth, Scotland Brightlingsea, Anglia St Martin's Parish, Guernsey

Broughshane, Northern Ireland Norton in Hales, Heart of England Ravenfield Seedley
and Langworthy, North West England Starbeck, Yorkshire Scarborough, Yorkshire


Cardiff Derry Newcastle-under-Lyme Durham Hexham Garstang

Usk Heysham Bray St Philip's & St Paul's Floral Trail, Birmingham Spondon
in Derby Sidmouth


Stockport Derby Bath Perth Ilkley Alness

Broughshane Appleton Wiske Sorn Coventry
City Centre Dyce St Ives and Carbis Bay Bridlington


Nottingham Cheltenham Harrogate Barnstaple Ledbury Pitlochry Darley Dale Drumnadrochit Unknown Unknown The Mumbles Filey Eastbourne


Bournemouth Oxford Perth Bridgnorth Alness Garstang Broughshane Filby Unknown Unknown Blackley Herm Southport


Nottingham Bath Durham St. Helier, Jersey Dungannon Sidmouth Pitlochry Comrie Thorpe Salvin Unknown Unknown Port Sunlight Unknown Unknown


Sunderland Unknown Perth Unknown Unknown Pateley Bridge
Pateley Bridge
& Bewerley Bampton [19][20] Beddgelert[21] Scarva Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1964 to 1999[edit] Details to 1990 from Graham Ashworth CBE, Britain in Bloom, The Tidy Britain Group (Wigan:1991)[22]


Winner Known

Category Dormant

Category Not Created/No longer exists

Winner unknown/Not known if category exists

Year Large City City Small City Large Town Town Small Town Small Country Town Large Village Village Small Village Urban Regeneration Urban Community Coastal Resort

Coastal up to 12K Coastal over 12K

1999 Unknown Unknown Unknown Barnstaple Forres Pitlochry Broughshane Beddgelert[21] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1998 Unknown Woking Perth Unknown Alness Waringstown Bampton [19][20] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1997 Nottingham Unknown Unknown Barnstaple Moira Unknown Broughshane Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1996 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Beddgelert[21] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1995 Unknown Bath Perth Barnstaple Unknown Unknown Unknown Beddgelert[21] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1994 Unknown Bath Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1993 Unknown Unknown Perth Unknown Moira Unknown Broughshane
& Bampton [19][20] Beddgelert[21] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1992 Unknown Unknown Harrogate Unknown Unknown Unknown Saintfield Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1991 Unknown Unknown Guildford Unknown Unknown Unknown Bampton [19][20] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

1990 Westminster Bath Whickham Ilkley Moira

Saintfield Catcott


1989 Oxford Telford Falkirk Forres

Bampton [19][20] St. Florence

1988 Cardiff Cheltenham Bury Kelso

Market Bosworth Llandinam


Aberdeen Douglas, Isle of Man Stratford upon Avon

Lympstone Lund


Shrewsbury Harrogate Forres

Usk Sampford Courtenay


Cheltenham Crewe
& Torquay Moira

Lympstone Lund


Bath Whickham Sidmouth

Pateley Bridge
Pateley Bridge
with Bewerley Sampford Courtenay


Swansea Harrogate Kelso



Middlesbrough Eastbourne Forres



Bath Harrogate Sidmouth

Pateley Bridge
Pateley Bridge
with Bewerley
& St. John's Town of Dalry


Exeter Douglas, Isle of Man Ryton



Aberdeen Harrogate Falmouth & St Andrews



Bath Douglas, Isle of Man Sidmouth

& Carrington








Bampton [19][20]






& City of London





& Falmouth



Bath and Hartlepool












Aberdeen Overall National Winners


Bath Overall National Winners


City of London Overall National Winners


& Middlesbrough Joint Overall National Winners


Aberdeen Overall National Winners


Bath Overall National Winners

Subsequent competitions[edit] From the winners and finalists of RHS Britain in Bloom, entries are picked to represent Britain in international competitions such as the Entente Florale.[23] Discretionary awards[edit] (Definition Source) (Definition Source)

The Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
Award (from 2012) / previously The Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
Floral Award / The Asmer Trophy: Presented to the finalist that demonstrates the best horticultural displays throughout the entry. The Environment Award (from 2014) / previously The Sustainable Landscaping Award (from 2010) / previously The Permanent Landscaping Award / Beautiful Britain Award(from 1983)/Landscape Development Trophy(to 1983): Presented to the finalist that demonstrates innovative and high quality sustainable landscaping practices within their entry. (Sustainable landscaping referring to creating an attractive environment that is in balance with the local climate and requires minimal resource input.) The Community Award (from 2002) : Presented to the finalist deemed to have best demonstrated that community involvement in their local "in Bloom" campaign is representative of all sectors of the community. Community Champion Award / previously The Bob Hare Award(from 1980–1990) : Presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment and dedication to the Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
cause in their community. Commercial Award / Gordon Ford Trophy: Presented to the finalist that demonstrates the best environmental and/or horticultural contribution from business / retail / corporate interests. Originally presented by Gordon Ford. Pride of Place Award(from 2012) / previously Environmental Quality Award / Tidy Britain Group
Tidy Britain Group
Trophy / Keep Britain Tidy
Keep Britain Tidy
Trophy / The Keep Britain Tidy
Keep Britain Tidy
Award: Presented to the finalist that best demonstrates duty and commitment to any one or more of the following: cleanliness, effective use of resources and maintenance of hard landscaping and street furniture. Tourism Award: Presented to the finalist that demonstrates the most effective use of their local "in Bloom" initiatives as a means of encouraging and supporting tourism in their area. Best Public Park Award: Given in Memory of David Welch. Presented to the park (including publicly run pay-on-entry parks and gardens) designed for horticultural excellence, giving delight to the visitor through appropriate planting, high standards of maintenance, including infrastructure, conserving wildlife, cleanliness and features of interest. Conservation and Wildlife Award / previously The Going for Green Trophy: Presented to the finalist that best demonstrates commitment to sustainable development, including management of the flora and fauna in their local environment. Outstanding Contribution / previously The Moran Memorial Award: Presented to an individual(s) that judges consider to have made outstanding efforts towards the success and promotion of Britain in Bloom. No longer awarded: Best Inner City / Barratt Inner City Trophy: for the best effort in inner city areas Young People's Award (from 2008) : Presented to the finalist deemed to involve young people from across the community in the best way. School Award: Presented to the school within a finalist community that demonstrates the best commitment to on-going environmental and horticultural initiatives. Environmental Responsibility(from 2012)  : Presented to the finalist that best demonstrated responsible management of resources within their entry. RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
Heritage Award (from 2012) / previously Local Roots Award :Presented to the finalist that best demonstrated outstanding commitment to the ongoing care and development of their local heritage.

2010 to 2016[edit]

Year Horticulture Environment Community Commercial Pride of Place Tourism Best Public Park Conservation and Wildlife Outstanding Contribution Young People School Heritage Environmental Responsibility

2014 Oldham London Bridge Truro Stockley Park, Hillingdon Port Marine & Village Quarter (Portishead) Shrewsbury Roundhay Park, Leeds Tresco Walter Dinning and Mark Wasilewski MVO Immingham Joint winners: St Mary's School, Dalton with Newton, and Edith Cavell Academy and Nursery School, Norwich Pitlochry

2013 Glenrothes Diamond Jubilee Gardens, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Biddulph, Coupar Angus, Edinburgh, Hunmanby, Prestatyn, Stanghow
and Starbeck Sanderson Arcade and Bus Station, Morpeth Stockton-on-Tees Bournemouth The Dingle, Shrewsbury Saint Brélade Alan Heath, Cumbria, Maurice Baren, Yorkshire
and Patsy Clark MBE, Northumbria Dartmouth, Morpeth and Prestatyn Oakley School, Tunbridge Wells Eston
(Middlesbrough) Bury

2012 Birmingham St Helier, Jersey Loughborough Hendra Caravan Park, Newquay Oldham Joint winners: Herm, Guernsey; and Great Yarmouth Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham Kippax (Leeds) John Woodward and Clive Addison Joint winners: St George's Crypt, Leeds; and Stone, Staffordshire St Bede's Catholic High School, Lytham Chirk (Wrexham) Thornbury Community Composting Site, Thornbury

2011 Bury University of Edinburgh
- Pollock Campus Chirk (Wrexham) Graythwaite Manor Hotel, Grange over Sands Derry
City, Ulster Tenby, Wales Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh Avon Gorge & Downs, Bristol Jim Knight Wee FIBbees, Forres, Scotland Spring Common School, Moor (Huntingdon)

2010 Coleraine City of London Crawley Beighton, Sheffield Tameside Harrogate Bristol
Zoo Solihull Ken Powles and Susan Smith Douglas, Isle of Man Portchester Northern Community School, Fareham Halstead

2000 to 2009[edit]

Year Horticulture Environment Community Commercial Pride of Place Tourism Best Public Park Conservation and Wildlife Outstanding Contribution Best Inner City Young People Heritage

2009 Rustington Bangor - Bangor Walled Garden Earsdon St. Brelade's Bay Hotel St Andrew's, Scotland Chipping, Lancashire Harrogate
- Valley Gardens Farthing Downs and New Hill, London Borough of Croydon Vic Verrier

Falkland Eston, North Yorkshire
and Plymouth

2008 Perth Sheffield Cricklade Ocean Road, South Shields Sheffield Douglas, Isle of Man Ravelin Park Southsea North Meadow, Cricklade Terry Bane

Applegrove School, Forres

2007 Grouville Bury
St. Edmunds and Abbots Green School Nottingham White Rose shopping centre, Beeston Duffus
and North Berwick Cleethorpes Mount Edgcumbe Park Plymouth Cardiff
Bay Christel MacIntosh, Alness

2006 Shrewsbury St. Helier
St. Helier
- Waterfront Falkland Taylors of Harrogate, Starbeck Norton in Hales Scarborough Greyfriars Green Coventry Durlston Country Park, Swanage Clifford Prout, Old Colwyn

2005 Nottingham North Berwick The Friends of Norwich
in Bloom Fareham Memorial Gardens Manchester
City Centre Hexham University Park Nottingham Rottingdean Jeanette Warke, Londonderry

2004 Perth Sheffield
- Peace Garden Seedley
and Langworthy (Salford) Bracknell Flowers, Bracknell Market Bosworth Falkland Jephson Gardens Royal Leamington Spa Tilgate Centre, Crawley Doug Stacey

and Market Harborough

2003 Falkland Guildford Coleraine Normanton Aberdeen Barnstaple Botanic Gardens Bath Bury
St. Edmunds Malcolm Wood, Nottingham

2002 Stafford Oxford
- Arlington Business Park Saltburn by the Sea Doxford International Business Park, Sunderland Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Meadows Residents Association Drumnadrochit
& Brighton and Hove Johnston Park Aberdeen London Borough of Bromley Carolyn Wilson, Alness

2001 Bath St. Helier
St. Helier
- Harbour Approach

KeyMed, Southend on Sea Newcastle upon Tyne Lynton
& Lynmouth The Crichton Dumfries Tatsfield Pupils and teachers at Applegrove Primary School, Forres Leeds



1971 to 1999[edit]

Year Horticulture Environment Community Commercial Pride of Place Tourism Best Public Park Conservation and Wildlife Outstanding Contribution Best Inner City Young People Heritage


Nottingham, Hyson Green



1992 Bath

1990 Southport Swansea Guildford J Sainsbury plc Nuneaton and Bedworth Keswick [24][better source needed]

George Tomlinson Crewe Plymouth

1989 Morpeth Telford Saintfield
in Bloom Committee Bournemouth Moira

Muriel Preece Organiser of West Country in Bloom Leeds

1988 Bury
St Edmunds Plymouth Moffat Gorey, Jersey Exeter

Lewis McAvoy Chief Technical Officer Lisburn Borough Council Oxford

1987 Bath Crewe The Japanese Garden, Aberdeen Stratford upon Avon Bury
St Edmunds

Jim Woods Killyleagh

1986 Shrewsbury Belfast Walter Dinning, Parks Department, Gateshead Nantwich Sorn

Leonard Likorish former Director General of the British Tourist Authority

1985 Douglas Crewe Tom Dobbins, Babbacombe Model Village, Devon Torquay Market Bosworth

Dr W Dally Edzell

1984 Cheltenham Forres St. David's Centre, Cardiff Nantwich East Sleekburn

George Dick Village orderly of Ballinamallard

1983 Ryton Aberdeen Tevrnspite, Dyfed Sidmouth Cheltenham

David Welch Director of Leisure and Recreation, Aberdeen

1982 Swansea Kirkcaldy Harold Peirce, Arthur Allen, Brian Pattenden, Nigel Rogers - Eastbourne
Parks Dept Stratford upon Avon Stratford upon Avon

(posthumous) Bob Hare


Stockport Strathclyde Bath Largs

Mr H Parker Assistant Director of Environment (Parks) Swansea
City Council


Paisley Belfast Sidmouth Forres



York Douglas

Mr B Wolley Chairman Northumberland in Bloom


Swansea Holywell

Dr D W Huebner Chairman Yorkshire
and Humberside in Bloom


Bath Exeter

Mr P Conn Ex Parks Director, City of Liverpool


Bath Wolviston

Mr C B Preece West Country in Bloom


City of London London Borough of Camden


Bath Clovelly


Bath Bridlington





Regions[edit] There are 18 Regions/ Nations "in Bloom", each of which coordinate regional campaigns in their area. The regions of the UK and Crown dependencies used in the competition are (with reference to ceremonial counties and government office regions):

Country or Region within the U.K. Region Name Notes

England Anglia ( East of England
East of England
region) Anglia in Bloom

England Cumbria Cumbria
in Bloom

England East Midlands
East Midlands
(as region) East Midlands
East Midlands
in Bloom

England Heart of England Heart of England in Bloom Heart of England includes Gloucestershire
(minus South Gloucestershire), Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, and Worcestershire

England London London in Bloom

England Northumbria (as North East England) Northumbria in Bloom

England North West England North West in Bloom (as region, less Cumbria)

England South East England South & South East in Bloom (East Sussex, Kent, West Sussex, Surrey)

England South West England Southwest in Bloom (Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, western Dorset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, most of Wiltshire)

England Southern England South & South East in Bloom (eastern Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, southern Wiltshire)

England Thames and Chilterns Thames & Chilterns in Bloom (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire)

England Yorkshire Yorkshire
in Bloom

Northern Ireland Ulster
(Northern Ireland) Ulster
in Bloom[dead link] (Competition does not include all of Ulster; only includes Northern Ireland)

Scotland Scotland Beautiful Scotland

Wales Wales Wales
in Bloom

Isle of Man Isle of Man Isle of Man
Isle of Man
in Bloom Campaign is temporarily suspended (2011)

Guernsey Guernsey Floral Guernsey

Jersey Jersey Jersey
in Bloom

RHS It's Your Neighbourhood[edit] RHS It's Your Neighbourhood is part of the wider RHS Britain in Bloom initiative, helping volunteer-led groups to improve their local area. Any group can take part, as long as it is volunteer-led and involved in hands-on community gardening. It should also be working with the community for the benefit of the community. Participating groups care for all sorts of spaces - from local parks and gardens, to odd grot-spots which have been transformed and shared residential spaces or alleyways. The campaign was launched by the RHS in 2006 to support grassroots community gardening and there are currently more than 1,300 registered groups. (2012) The initiative works around the same three pillars of assessment as RHS Britain in Bloom: Community Participation, Gardening Achievement and Environmental Responsibility; however, it is not a competitive campaign. Participating groups receive an annual visit from an It's Your Neighbourhood assessor, who provides feedback and tips for how to develop projects, and each group receives a certificate of achievement from the RHS. It's Your Neighbourhood is free to enter and open to groups of all sizes. Source of civic pride[edit]

welcome sign displaying Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom

Winning a category within Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
at a national or even regional level has proved to be a source of considerable civic pride for the towns, cities and villages involved. Many of the authorities of the winning locations do advertise their achievements on signs within, or more predominantly on the outskirts of their settlement. One journalist stated that "Since Britain In Bloom began in 1963 … nothing has pleased town councillors more than to hammer up a sign at the outskirts of their kingdom trumpeting superiority to incoming visitors… Few events provide a sterner test of civic pride."[9] Examples include Garstang
where the sign that leads to the high street at the heart of the town says, above the name "Garstang", Britain In Bloom Small Town – Gold Award Winners 2002, 2005, and "Invitation Finalists to Champion of Champions 2006",[9] or Guildford, which advertises its past triumph in the Town category on its welcome signs. Further reading[edit]

Graham Ashworth, CBE, Britain in Bloom, The Tidy Britain Group (Wigan:1991) RHS Growing Communities magazine

References and notes[edit]

^ Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - About In Bloom Archived 6 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Supporting communities improving their environment through gardening". rhs.  ^ RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
campaign statistics Archived 8 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ The Garden (Journal of The Royal Horticultural Society), October 2002, p752 ^ a b c d e Graham Ashworth CBE, Britain in Bloom, pages 7 & 8, The Tidy Britain Group
Tidy Britain Group
(Wigan:1991) ^ Lewisham
in Bloom heroes pick up awards ^ a b Woolton
in Bloom - Information on Britain in Bloom ^ The Garden (Journal of The Royal Horticultural Society), April 2003, p233 ^ a b c Wednesday, 8 August 2007, Flower power: The Britain in Bloom phenomenon, The Independent ^ RHS Britain in Bloom ^ a b From Bloom Review, Issue 8, Spring 2006[permanent dead link]: Champion of Champions - This is a category within the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals where selected communities, of all population sizes, who have demonstrated sustained high standards in the Bloom campaign, are invited to compete for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’. These entries are judged against the Bloom criteria relevant to their population, and then compared to determine the overall winner. ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
2016 UK Finals Full Results". Britain in Bloom.  ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
2015 UK Finals Full Results". Britain in Bloom.  ^ " Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
winners announced". Archived from the original on 26 December 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012.  ^ "Thornbury in Bloom". Retrieved 20 February 2012.  ^ "Thornbury bags gold for blooms". BBC News. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2012.  ^ RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
Awards Winners 2008 Archived 9 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ^ RHS Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom
Awards Winners 2007 Archived 19 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b c d e f "Welcome to Bamton, Devon". Retrieved 20 February 2012.  ^ a b c d e f "Bampton in Bloom achievements". Retrieved 20 February 2012.  ^ a b c d e " Beddgelert
village". Retrieved 19 February 2012.  ^ Graham Ashworth CBE, Britain in Bloom, The Tidy Britain Group (Wigan:1991) ^ The Entente Florale
Entente Florale
itself has taken different forms, such as the "ENTENTE FLORALE – Ten Nations Competition" and the "ENTENTE FLORALE – Britain - France - Belgium Competition" ^ "About us". Retrieved 19 February 2011. 

External links[edit]

Britain in Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood RHS Growing Communitites magazine

Other languages[edit]

Concours des villes et villages fleuris
Concours des villes et villages fleuris
- French National Competition article Entente Florale
Entente Florale
Deutschland - German National C