It's Your Neighbourhood 2021

It was dissapointing that we had to cancel the 2020 "It's Your Neighbourhood" competition, but we are looking forward to being able to return  to undertakeing the IYN assessments in 2021.

We have kept all of the entrys from this year and we are proposing to roll those on to 2021, so that means that you do not have to enter again for 2021. There are some who would normally have entered this year, but had not done so by the time it could be seen that this years competition was to be cancelled. There is plenty of time to enter for next year, and you can download an entry form here. We are not having on line booking for this year, as many of you have already entererd. To be sure that we have your entry you can check the full list of 2021 entries Here.  

If you still need to enter you can download the 2021 entry form here. The closing date for entries is Saturday 13th March 2021. 

The Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, providing an opportunity for smaller community groups to get involved. 

RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood is a unique scheme for volunteered led community gardening projects/groups who are focused on improving their local environment through community gardening.  They can be working in their local street, estate where they live, a back alley they share with their neighbours, or the local community centre’s outdoor space. Almost any outdoor site being looked after by the local community qualifies for this scheme.  RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood is an inclusive, non-competitive scheme, a group can be made up of any number of community volunteers.   

Every year we have over 500 entries in the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood initiative and this year is again no exception.  If you are new to the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood scheme, we would suggest that you read through the Participants Guidance Notes and Assessor Notes.  This will give you a clearer view on how the scheme works and will help you understand what the IYN Assessor will be looking for when he assesses your project. 

All entries will be assessed by an RHS It's Your Neighbourhood assessor between 1st and 31st July 2020.  Although, this year for the first time it may be possible to organise an earlier date for your assessment if it suits you better.  The awards will be announced at our main awards presentation event in October, which this year is being held in Newquay. 

RHS Introductory leaflet

IYN Assessment form.

2021 IYN Registration Form

Participants' Guidance Notes

IYN Assessor Notes

How Do I Get Started?

Getting involved is very easy, in fact, you only need 2 things:
1. A group
2. An idea for a project

Once you have these things, you are ready to get started!

RHS Support Pack

Gordon Ford Trophy - The Gordon Ford Trophy is a regional award which we present each year to the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood entry in our South West Region.  It can be assessed as part of a main judging tour or as a individual assessment. The IYN should encompass all three core pillars, Horticultural, Community and Environmental responsibility, as well as reaching level 5 'Outstanding'