The Main Competition
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.