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 Return to Bloom in 2021.

We aim to return to full South West in Bloom programme for 2021. The hope is that COVID 19 will be a thing of the past, but if not we have a Risk Assessment.

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Entry Forms for 2021

Those who have not already entered one of our competitions for 2021 can download an application form here. We look forward to many joining us for 2021.

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Summer Seminar at Beer 24th June

2021 Spring now Summer Seminar It has been a very difficult decision to decide if we should make another attempt at holding a semi...

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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.

Look forward to an Exciting 2021.

 Many congratulations to you all for your Stirling efforts in keeping things going within your communities throughout the region , I am so proud to represent you all at the Bloom Federation where we all have more than represented the South West and promoted many fine examples of exceptional Community projects.

 The true values of your work however can be best featured in those communities we all serve as it's at a local level that volunteering to maintain and improve our environments is so significant.

 I have seen many examples of localism and the regeneration of community involvement in my own community as well as many other places that I am heartened to see that from the hardships of Covid there are real benefits, many a re think of how we do things and a more inclusive and diverse approach to gardening, its impact as well as many transferable skills arising from its activities

 Children and young persons have had a great impact in raising awareness of Climate concerns and we must address these issues as a priority.  We must also address the matter of food security local production and re tune food distribution  Here at home we have been feeding ourselves much more from home produced products and with the frequent help of Terry with Veg initially grown for Chelsea have fed well and healthily.  I can tell you it's made me think quite a lot and we will grow more next year for ourselves our neighbours and our family.

 Tree Planting is seriously back on the agenda and having watched Countryfile The spirit of 1973 is now back , let's all plant trees and influence the development and management of the Environment. The new approach to Agriculture may have a major impact  "Do we really need to prune hedges within fields with mechanical hedge trimmers?" Along roadsides yes but surely not in fields .

 Above all is the advent and arrival of new subjects in our curriculum Enviro therapy well, Gardeners call it gardening, Bloom people call it Bloom! But the value of doing things, ,meeting people, addressing litter, beautification of creating habitats and all those local improvements are fantastic therapy.

 Thank you all for everything Happy Christmas and a fantastic locally based future, you all matter . You all make a difference and we all look forward to 2021 when we hope to celebrate a new look SWIB arising from out of lockdown.

 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]