About South West in Bloom

South West in Bloom is one of eighteen regional/national competitions that makes up RHS Britain in Bloom, which is the biggest horticultural campaign in Europe. The aim of the community groups that take part each year is to improve and regenerate our local environments and neighbourhoods.  This can be through the imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects, and to sweep away the eyesores that blight our streets, such as litter, graffiti and vandalism.

Each year South West in Bloom organise a Spring Seminar which helps our entrants to network and share ideas, key speakers are available to give presentations and to discuss the  main topics of the bloom campaign. Our 2017 Spring Seminar is being held on Thursday 2nd March at The Palace Hotel, Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 3TQ.  Ticket application forms are being sent out with our Autumn Newsletter, you will also be able to purchase tickets online from 1st January, tickets are £15 per delegate, to include lunch and free parking. We produce two Newsletters, in the Spring and Autumn of each year.  The main 2017 Presentation event for both the South West in Bloom Regional competition and the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood awards will be held at The Palace Hotel, Torquay, we are still finalising the date. 

Our theme for next years Childrens painting competition is My Favourite Season.  The three age groups are up to 6 years, 7 - 11 years and 12 - 16 years.  Closing date for entries is 21st July 2017.  Further details are available in our Newsletter.  

The South West in Bloom committee members and the Judges are available to act as mentors for any of our entrants, so if you need help please contact us at southwestinbloom@aol.com 

Britain in Bloom, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, is focused on Three core pillars;

  • Horticultural Achievement
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Community Participation


Ideally, your committee will represent your community, working with representatives from your local authority, local business, residents and gardening enthusiasts. 
Judging of your area takes place in July, using the criteria of the national Britain in Bloom competition, which you will find available on this site. You will be awarded a Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver, Bronze or certificate of commendation based on marks accumulated over the  disciplines.  2017 regional judging will be taking place between Wednesday 5th July and Wednesday 19th. 

The competitive element is designed to be fair to everyone, with entries grouped into categories based on population taken from the electoral roll. (This figure is obtainable from the Electoral Roll Officer at your local authority). Details of the bloom categories are also listed in our Newsletter.  At the end of the year, the judges select a number of entries to represent the region in the following year’s national Britain in Bloom.

To help you succeed, you will need to generate funding from your own funding events, cash or benefits in kind from local business, or by attracting sponsorship or grants.

Being involved in South West in Bloom promotes a tremendous sense of community, and above all, its fun and very rewarding.