2019 RHS South West in Bloom Main Competition - New Marking CriteriaBath Botanical Garden

Following feedback from hundreds of Bloom groups, the RHS Britain in Bloom marking criteria is being updated to reflect the changing nature of Bloom.  The most important change is the redistribution of marks.  From 2019 - 40% of the marks will be awarded for horticulture, 30% for environment and 30% for community, instead of the previous 50% horticulture, 25% environment and 25% community.  Click here for the 2019 Main Competition Marking Criteria  - Not applicable to Pennant   

 Click here for the 2019 Main Competition & Pennant Entry Forms

Click here for the 2019 BID & Town Centre Marking Criteriayou can use the 2019 Main Competition & Pennant Entry form for this. 

This additional emphasis on the environment reflects the fact that Bloom groups are working in increasingly challenging environmental conditions.  The 2018 summer draught really highlighted the important frontline work all Bloom groups are doing to mitigate environmental challenges.

Today Britain in Bloom is predominantly managed by volunteers, with fewer Councils able to support their local Bloom projects.  By increasing the marks available for community we can recognise the efforts of these hard working groups and help celebrate the community spirit that is at the heart of Bloom.

Protecting the environment and improving the local community are often highly motivating factors, particularly for young people, in the long term we hope that the increased emphasis on them could help to encourage more and a wider range of volunteers to support Bloom.

The other changes for 2019 include simplifying the marking sheet with the aim of making it easier for groups and assessors to use, making the total score out of 100 and having a separate marking sheet for urban locations.

The new marking criteria will be implemented in 2019 - in the UK National Finals and across some Regions and Nationsm including in our own South West in Bloom Region.  The new marking sheets and full guidelines are available to download here.  

If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to contact the RHS Communities Team:-  communities@rhs.org.uk or you can call them on 0207 8213122.

We will be running a workshop at our Spring Seminar on Thursday 28th February, where representatives from the RHS Communities Team will be talking through the new criteria and marking sheet.  We would urge as many of our Bloom Groups as possible to attend the Spring Seminar in order to learn and understand more about the new criteria and marking sheet.  Click here to download 2019 Spring Seminar Ticket Applications   Click here to for link for suitable Car Parks in Chippenham  http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parking-chippenham  The Bath Road car park is the nearest to the Neeld Hall.

Pennant Class

For those entries new to Bloom, some groups prefer to start off with entry our Pennant Classes.  These were first trialed in 2013 and due to their success we have continued with the pennant scheme, with great success and with groups progressing up to the main competiton.  Entry is free for all 'new entries', there is no portfolio required.  As with 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 catagory there is an additional 1.5 hrs and town to citties an additional 2.5 hrs for judging.  The Pennant  catagory is also aimed at Bloom groups that we may have lost over the years and is intended as a gentle step back into the main competition.  The Pennant criteria is also more relaxed and there is less to meet, the awards and scoring 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.  Click here to download 2019 Pennant Criteria/Marking Sheet