The Main CompetitionBath Botanical Garden

Entry forms for 2017 are being sent out with our Autumn Newsletter over the next couple of weeks. You will also be able to enter for the 2017 competion on line from 1st January 2017. 

Regional Judging will take place between Wednesday 5th July and Wednesday 19th July.

Judging teams will be announced in late Spring and they will contact entrants direct to make arrangements for their judging tour.  

We now have three normal categories in the main competition and assessments sheets are avaiable for all of them.

They are Main Competition, Pennant Town, Pennant Village,and Bid section.

Categories - Main Competition entries will be allocated a category dependant on their population figures, which must be taken from their electoral roll. 

Allocation times for your category

The competitive element is designed to be fair to everyone, with entries grouped into categories based on population taken from the electoral roll. Together with the additional awards issued at the judge’s discretion.

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. You will be awarded a Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver, Bronze or certificate of commendation based on marks accumulated.

New Entry Fees -  In order to cover our judging and assessment costs, we will be introducing an entry fee of £20 for all pennant and BID entries for 2017. 

Leisure, Commercial & Tourism Award - 2017

Our new category for Hotels, Guest Houses, Public Houses, Holiday Parks, Entertainment, Leisure & Tourist venues and commercial premises was a great success in 2016.  We will be running this category again in 2017, although we have introduced an entry fee of £20 to cover our judging and assessment costs.  Entry froms will be available shortly, those who entered this year will automatically receive a entry form for their 2017 entry.

NATIONAL SUCCESS for South West Entrants in 2016

Each year we select a number of our entrants are to represent the South West in the National Finalists Competition. We had six entries in the 2016 National Finalists 

Exeter - Small City - SILVER GILT award 

Portishead - Large Town - GOLD award

Midsomer Norton - SILVER GILT award 

Beer - Large Village - SILVER GILT award 

Exmouth - Coastal - SILVER GILT award

St George, Bristol - Urban Communities - SILVER award

RHS Britain in BloomCommunity Champion Awards 
Patricia Flagg - Midsomer Norton

Paul Myers - Midsomer Norton

Ken Windibank - Portishead

Congratulations to all of the entrants on their sucess!

2017 National Nominations Finalists - our nominations for the 2017 RHS National Finalists Competition are detailed below:-

Truro - Large Town

Sherborne - Small Town

Sidmouth - Coastal

Cannington - Village

Clifton, Bristol - Urban Communities

Portishead - Champion of Champions

Exeter - Large City - This nomination is still to be confirmed

National judging 2017 takes place between Monday 31st July and Friday 11th August. 

Have a look at the RHS information pack.

For new entries to Bloom, it is a good idea to start off with an entry in the Pennant classes.This was trialed in 2013 and due to its success it is continuing into  2017.   It is something Nationally the RHS are looking to introduce and are looking at the trials regions are running locally.

Entry is free for all 'new' entries. There is no portfolio.  As main entries there is 1/4 hr for press and 1/4 for a presentation (if entries wish to do one).  For the village to small town there is an additional 1.5hrs and town to cities additional 2.5hrs. Allocation Times

The new category is aimed at BIDS, town centre managers, groups that we lost due to the change in judging criteria and encouraging more villages to be involved.

The criteria  is more relaxed and there is less to meet.

The awards are slightly different to reflect this. 

All new entrants will be provided with help and advice, we can also allocate them a mentor to give them some guidance in preparing their judging tour.