South West in Bloom are very proud to have Lord and Lady Fellowes as our Bloom Patrons, we would like to entent our thanks and appreciation to them both.  Our recent awards presentation event in Taunton was particularly special for us when both Lord and Lady Fellowes attended the event.  Everyone who attended really enjoyed and valued their company.  Bloom is such an undervalued campaign, given its many outcomes but it has changed to recognise the value of people involvement in the environment and volunteering, as well as quality horticulture. We are honoured to have two Patrons who clearly share and recognise such values and we look forward to working with them in our future activies.

Details of our Patrons

The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, DL. Julian started work as an actor but is best known as a writer.  His first film script was "Gosford Park", directed by Robert Altman, which won him the Oscar.  He wrote the scripts for "Vanity Fair," "Young Victoria" and he worked on "The Tourist".  He is responsible for the "book" of the Broadway musicals, "Mary Poppins" and "School of Rock" and he has been nominated for a Tony for the latter.  He has also written two Sunday Times Best Sellers, "Snobs" and "Past Imperfect."  He wrote and directed "Separate Lies" and "From Time to Time" both of which won several awards.  He is the creator, writer and executive producer of "Downton Abbey" for which he has won three Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Special BAFTA, and many other industry awards.  Julian is involved in various charitable organisations with his wife, Emma, as well as being head of the "Talking Books Appeal for the RNIB.

The Lady Fellowes of West Stafford, LVO. Emma, as Ldy Emma Kitchener, is the President of The Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund and the Kitchener Holiday Home in Lowestoft.  She is heavily involved in The Stroke Association, chairing the Life After Stroke Awards, co-chairing a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace in March and taking part in an annual sponsored bicycle ride.  She is Vice President of Flora and Fauna International and Patron of the North Dorset Home Start.  Emma and Julian together are Patrons, Vice Patrons or Ambassadors of the following: Breast Cancer Haven, Cinemagic Belfast, Dorset Blind Association, Families for Children, Pan Pals (pancreatic cancer), The Rainbow Trust, and they are both involved in a new appeal for Alzheimers.  She is lady-in-waiting to HRH Princess Michael of Kent.

We welcome our new Secretary, Melissa Poole

Melissa Poole agreed to join us at the beginning of 2020, and she did attend her first event at Annual General Meeting in March.

Unfortunately the shutdown due to COVID 19 followed very shortly afterwards. Melissa kindly agreed to delay her start with us until the end of 2020, as it would be very difficult to learn in a time when everything was changing. 

However she has now joined us and will be looking to gradually learn about Bloom. She has experience in many business activities and has served as a PA. Some of you will have the chance to hopefully meet her at our Seminar in June, and perhaps during judging.





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 2020 Spring Seminar was postponed to 2021 , originally in March, but we have now moved it to Thursday 24th June still being held  on t The Mariners Hall, Fore Street,  Beer EX12 3JB.  Ticket application forms will be sent out with our 2021 Spring Newsletter. 

We produce two Newsletters, in the Spring and Autumn of each year. 

Our theme for next years Childrens painting competition in 2021 is  "Learning in Lockdown".  The three age groups are up to 6 years, 7 - 11 years and 12 - 16 years.  Closing date for entries is 16th  July 2021  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 

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.  2021 regional judging will be taking place between Thursday 1st July and Saturday 31st July. 

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.