Britain in Bloom is no longer just about flowers. There are now three sections to be considered when taking part in the competition
Section A is about horticultural achievement
Judges take the following five key factors into consideration.
- Colours and design
- Appropriate choice of plants
- Special features
A2 Horticultural practice
- Cultivation and maintenance
- Quality of plants
- New planting
A3 Residential and community gardening
The judges will look at:
- Residential gardens
- Communal spaces
- Public buildings
- Car parks
The Town Hall
A prizewinning Residential garden
A4 Business areas and premises
The judges will look at all retail and shopping areas and also want to see pubs and other business premises.
Tythe Cottage Tea rooms
The Powder Monkey Pub
A5 Green spaces
Included in this section are:
- Open public spaces
Manor Gardens herbaceous border
Beautiful Phear Park
Section B is about environmental responsibility
Again there are five key factors to consider.
B1 Conservation and biodiversity
This includes wildlife areas and natural habitats.
The Maer SSSI
Marine Way wild flowers
B2 Resource management
This includes recycling and conserving natural resources.
B3 Local heritage
This includes management and development of local natural and heritage sites.
B4 Local environmental quality
The judges consider how we deal with vacant premises, litter, graffiti etc.
B5 Pride of place
Judges will consider how we manage our street furniture and signage, interpretation boards etc.
Section C is about community participation
Again there are five key factors that are considered:
C1 Development and continuity
The judges look at the development and sustainability of the local in bloom group and look for evidence of ongoing projects.
C2 Communication and education
We show evidence of publicity and press coverage, engaging with schools and other community groups.
C3 Community involvement
We are judged on whether we have engaged the whole community and whether we have supported and encouraged the Neighbourhood Awards scheme.
Palmer House receive their IYN ‘Outstanding’ Award
C4 Year round involvement
We are expected to show a year round programme of activity.
C5 Funding and support
The judges need to see that the In Bloom group has secured support from all areas of the community.