RHS judging

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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 Horticulture

Judges take four key factors into consideration.

A1 Overall Impression
This covers:

  • High Impact
  • Attention to detail
  • Consistency of design
  • Positive image, appropriate to location


A2 Maintenance of Planted Areas
This covers:

  • Horticultural maintenance
  • Standards of cultivation
  • Weeding feeding and pruning
  • Grass and Tree management and maintenance

A3 Plant Selection
The judges will look at:

  • Planting schemes suited to the environment
  • Plants with year-round interest


A4 Plant Quality

  • Vibrancy of plants
  • Plant health
  • Plants grown to full potential


Section B is about the Environment

There are three key factors to consider.

B1 Local Identity

  • Sense of place
  • Sense of heritage
  • Art in the landscape
  • Signage and interpretation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

B2 Natural Environment

  • Environmental biodiversity
  • Protection and conservation of natural and wildlife habitats
  • Wildflower areas
  • Aquatic and marine conservation sites
  • Provision of Bat and Bird boxes and Insect hotels

B3 Hard surfaces and Open grass areas (Streets, Open spaces and Beaches)

  • Cleanliness
  • Absence of litter, street weeds, vandalism,graffiti, fly posting and chewing gum.
  • Water conservation
  • Recycling initiatives
  • Maintenance of street furniture, hard landscaping and open spaces
  • Effective dog fouling control measures


Section C is about the Community

Again there are three key factors that are considered:

C1 Year-round Activity and Future Commitment

  • Evidence of Advanced planning
  • Evidence of year-round activity adding value
  • Events that make the entry unique and demonstrate the present strengths of the entry

C2 Communication and Awareness

  • Evidence of involvement of all sections of the community.
  • Use of regional and local marketing
  • Communication and media involvement evidenced
  • Use of suitable interpretation, enabling learning and understanding


C3 Funding and Support

  • Fundraising ideas which show that the entry viable.
  • On-going support from businesses and organisations

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