The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) organises the Britain in Bloom competition which is entered by various communities across the UK. Over 1,600 communities enter each year, participating in their local regions “in Bloom” campaign. From these regional competitions, around 80 communities are selected to enter the national finals of the RHS Britain in Bloom. It is a popular campaign estimated to involve more than 200,000 volunteers nationally in cleaning up and greening their local area.
Whilst the traditional floral displays still play an important part of the contest, the “Bloom” title nowadays also reflects equally on environmental factors and community participation. Medal standards of Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze are awarded based on rigorous judging criteria which includes horticulture, environment, and community.
The RHS also organises the “Its your Neighbourhood” Award, a grassroots campaign supporting smaller, volunteer-led community groups focussed on improving their local environment.
The Parish Council first entered the Southwest in Bloom competition in 2019 and was successful in being awarded a Silver Medal as well as a trophy for the best Victorian Park. There was no competition held in 2020 due to COVID-19 but in 2021, we were again awarded a Silver Medal.