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Entry forms for the 2018 competition will be sent out with our Autumn Newsletter. You will also be able to enter online for the 2018 competion in the new year.  We will advise once the online entry forms are available.  

Regional Judging will take in July, dates to be confirmed in the Autumn Newsletter.

Judging teams will be announced in late Spring and they will contact entrants direct to make arrangements for their judging tour.  

We now have three normal categories in the main competition and assessments sheets are avaiable for all of them.

They are Main Competition, Pennant Town, Pennant Village,and Bid section.

Categories - Main Competition entries will be allocated a category dependant on their population figures, which must be taken from their electoral roll. 

Allocation times for your category

The competitive element is designed to be fair to everyone, with entries grouped into categories based on population taken from the electoral roll. Together with the additional awards issued at the judge’s discretion.

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. You will be awarded a Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver, Bronze or certificate of commendation based on marks accumulated.

New Entry Fees -  In order to cover our judging and assessment costs, we have had to introduce a entry fee of £20 for all pennant and BID entries. 

Leisure, Commercial & Tourism Award - 2018

Our new category for Hotels, Guest Houses, Public Houses, Holiday Parks, Entertainment, Leisure & Tourist venues and commercial premises was a great success in 2016.  We will be running this category again in 2018, although we have introduced an entry fee of £20 to cover our judging and assessment costs.  Entry froms will be available shortly, those who entered this year will automatically receive a entry form for their 2018 entry.

NATIONAL SUCCESS for South West Entrants in 2017

Each year we select a number of our entrants are to represent the South West in the National Finalists Competition. We had seven entries in the 2017 National Finalists. 

Truro  - Large Town  - GOLD AND CATAGORY WINNER  award 

Sherborne -  Town - SILVER GILT award

Clifton - Urban Village  - SILVER GILT award 

Cannington  - Large Village - SILVER GILT award 

Sidmouth  - Coastal up to 12K - GOLD AND CATAGORY WINNER  award

Newquay - Coastal over 12K  - GOLD AND CATAGORY WINNER award

Portishead - Champion of Champions - GOLD - award

RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Awards 
Sandy Tebbutt - Portishead

Congratulations to all of the entrants on their sucess!

We will be posting the names of our 2018 RHS National Finalists in due course.

Have a look at the RHS information pack.

For new entries to Bloom, it is a good idea to start off with an entry in the Pennant classes.This was trialed in 2013 and due to its success it is likely to continue into 2018, subject to confirmation.   It is something Nationally the RHS are looking to introduce and are looking at the trials regions are running locally.

Entry is free for all 'new' entries. There is no portfolio.  As 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 there is an additional 1.5hrs and town to cities additional 2.5hrs. Allocation Times

The new category is aimed at BIDS, town centre managers, groups that we lost due to the change in judging criteria and encouraging more villages to be involved.

The criteria  is more relaxed and there is less to meet.

The awards 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.