2021 RHS South West in Bloom Main Competition

Following the cancelation of our Bloom competitions in 2020 we are all looking forward with excitement that we will be able to start again in 2021.

If COVID 19 is still present in some way then we have developed Risk Assessments that will still permit us to hold our competitions, although they may be in a different way

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 2021  Main Competition Marking sheet 

 Click here for the 2021 Main Competition & Pennant Entry Forms

Click here for the  2021 BID, Town Centre, Urban & Pennant Marking Criteria you can use the 2021 Main Competition & Pennant Entry form for this. 

Click here to download the Frequently Asked Questions sheet - this will help you understand what has changed with the new judging criterias and why.

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 since 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 was implemented in 2019 - in the UK National Finals and across some Regions and Nations 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.


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 2021 Pennant Marking Sheet, we have combined the marking criteria with the BID, Town Center & Urban catagory to reflect the changes in Bloom and to make it easier for the entrants to self assess.