The 2018 RHS South West in Bloom Main CompetitionBath Botanical Garden

This year's regional judging competition has now been completed and we look forward to welcoming our Bloom groups to our annual awards presentation, which is being held at Westlands, Yeovil on Thursday 4th October 2018.  Tickets will shortly be available to purchase online, alternatively you can complete the application form that was sent out with our Spring Newsletter.  

You should have all received our judging survey form, which we would like everyone to complete.  We value the feedback received from our groups, which also helps to ensure that our judging standards meet the those set by the RHS.   

We would like to send our best wishes to this year's 2018 RHS National Finalists, who are being judged between 29th July and 9th August.  Our National Finalists this year are:-

Thornbury

Clovelly

Truro

Sidmouth

Kingsbridge

St Austell (BID

For those entries new to Bloom, it is a good idea to start off with entry into our Pennant classes.  These were first trialed in 2013 and due to their success we have continued with the pennant scheme again this year.  It is something that nationally the RHS may be looking to introduce and are looking at the trials other regions are running locally.

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.  This catagory is also aimed at Bloom groups that we may have lost due to the change in judging criteria, we also want to encourage more villages to enter. The 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.