South West in Bloom is one of eighteen regional/national competitions that make up Britain in Bloom, the biggest horticultural campaign in Europe. The aim of the communities that take part each year is to improve and regenerate our local environments, through the imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects, and to sweep away the eyesores that blight our streets, such as litter, graffiti and vandalism.

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The present position with the Coronavirus is posing many challenges and South West in Bloom is no different.

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2020 Bloom Group Videos

Many Bloom groups in the South west have responded excellently to the challenges of Lockdown and the restrictions of COVID 19. See their videos.

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Bloom Videos Still wanted

We are still looking for entries from groups and communities showing their activities in 2020.

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Welcome to the South West in Bloom Website

This site is designed to be accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, tablet or mobile phone.

We are sure that many of you are keeping yourself busy looking after your communities, so if you have any details and photos then look to put them on our Facebook pages or send them to go on our Web site.

If you look in our News section you will see videos that have been sent in by South West Bloom Groups showing some of the outstanding activities of these Groups.

Dear Bloomer

I am naturally very sad that in the interests of public safety and wishing to act responsibly that we have agreed to the postponement of the National and Regional Bloom Competitions in conjunction with the RHS but I am anxious that we try to keep in contact with you all.

In this regard I do know that some wonderful things will still take place throughout the 500 or so Communities that take place in the South West.  If you have examples of ideas initiatives and Community developments that you are undertaking, please let us know and we will recognise them. We have now sent out our Spring newsletter, so look out for it.

Perhaps this crisis can be turned round to demonstrate overcoming adversity and change and regenerate Bloom. Any project however small will be of interest, Let’s all continue to promote the benefits of Horticulture and Gardening however small. Perhaps we can promote growing particularly edible crops and help improve the environment as well as people involvement.

As the South West in Bloom main category entries have been postponed, as most of you have paid your entrance fee, please let us know if  you would prefer to receive a full refund at this time or be prepared for us to retain your  payment in advance for the 2021 competition.

We had a tremendous response again this year for `It’s Your Neighbourhood’ and unfortunately along with the RHS we have also had to cancel these for 2020, together with our business and Pride in Parks competitions.

With all Schools being closed we have had to cancel any School IYN’s for 2020, but we look forward to you returning in 2021.

We have kept open the Children's painting competition and these can be sent in when ready.

Keep an eye on the web site for any further developments on southwestinbloom.org.uk. or for or more information you can contact us on southwestinbloom@aol.com

Take care ,be safe and don’t forget ,The Power of Flowers and Plants

Jon Wheatley







Main Competition

South West in Bloom is part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, a nationwide community … [Find out more]

Special Awards

All of the communities who enter for South West in Bloom Major Awards are also encouraged … [Find out more]

RHS It's Your Neighbourhood

Who should enter It's Your Neighbourhood? This award is for volunteer community groups who are … [Find out more]