Heritage/Historic Parks & Gardens

Separate from Parks and Country Parks etc we also have a category for Heritage and or Historic Parks & Gardens. Our region has a very large number of fine parks and gardens in this category and we are fortunate to have such entries as Highdown Gardens, Worthing; Hever Castle in Kent; Worth Park, Crawley; Sir

RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards

South & South East in Bloom welcomes entries from community groups or foe groups of volunteers who are working to improve the place where they live. This scheme is open to any small group of residents who have come together to improve an area, or undertake a one-off project. Any group can enter; a street,

Business Improvement Districts & Town Centres

Since South & South East in Bloom started in the 1970’s businesses have been a major contributor in brightening up our High Streets and Town Centres and creating destination hubs and visitor experiences across our region.   Following South & South East in Bloom running  Business Improvement Districts and Town Centre categories for several years,


South & South East in Bloom is not just about flowers,  we welcome entries from Allotment sites too. Either via the local authorities entry (a discretionary award) into South & South East  in Bloom or in their own right.  If you are a member of an allotment society who manages the whole site voluntarily you

Welcome to South & South East in Bloom

Welcome to the South & South East in Bloom Website – The website for Cities, Towns, Villages, Coastal Towns, Community & Neighbourhood Groups, Parks & Greenspaces wishing to participate in the  South & South East Competitions and awards. Each year we receive 100’s of entries who wish to participate from across Kent, East & West

Parks, Country Parks, Gardens & Conservation

Public Parks & Gardens and Green Spaces are among the most important places for Londoners and indeed they form part of our heritage. Infinitely variable; large and small, and often intimate places that can be enjoyed on many levels. Perhaps for just sitting and enjoying the scenery, for sport and children’s play, for gardens or

South & South in Bloom Awards 2018

The South & South East in Bloom Awards 2018  were held at the Amex Stadium, Brighton on the 14th September sponsored and supported by Your London Airport Gatwick.

The awards saw close to 400 guests from across the six counties which make up the region of Britain in Bloom.  Awards were presented by Joe Talbot of BBC Surrey & Sussex and announced by Peter Holman, Chairman and Jim Buttress VMH, Patron.

Entrants received awards certificates from Bronze to Gold, with winners receiving trophies and special awards.

This year saw nearly 300 entries from Community Gardening Groups, Parks & Greenspaces, Villages, Towns & Cities and the new category of Parishes in Bloom.

The standards were high again this year with some 88 Gold Awards, 77 Silver Gilts, 23 Silver and 4 Bronze awards.  Communities too achieved high awards with 42 It’s Your Neighbourhood entries achieving the highest standard. 

Four outstanding entries also received National Certificates of Distinction from RHS Britain in Bloom. There is only a maximum of 80 of the special awards awarded each year across the whole UK so very well deserved. They were;

7th Crawley Beavers, Crawley, Community Kids Sandown, Boswell Road Residents, Crawley & Bognor Community Gardeners, Bognor Regis.

Very well done to all  award attendees and to those who were unable to join us. Thank you for being part of South & South East in Bloom and Britain in Bloom and we hope to see you again next year.

 Happy Gardening



Parishes in Bloom – A Blooming Success

A new category this year in South & South East was a great success with 15 entries with all but one achieving high awards.

The Havenstreet & Ashey Parish Council, Leigh Parish Council, St Helens Parish Council, all received a Silver Award

Brockham Parish Council , Charing Parish Council, Cobham Parish Council (Kent),Eastchurch Parish Council, Egerton Parish Council, Hythe in Bloom, Offham Parish Council, Rottingdean, Sandown Green Town Initiative, Walmer Parish Council, all received a Silver Gilt Award and Mayfield & Five Ashes Parish Council acheived a Gold Award.

Parishes in Bloom is a free to enter non-competitive category and is intended to be a "taster" or a feeder into the main categories of South & South East in Bloom/Britain in Bloom.

London Airport Gatwick

We are proud to say Your London Airport Gatwick is our Headline Sponsor for a third year. Their support has been invaluable as we seek to develop further the campaign and its accompanying competitions. With this additional support, we aim to increase participation in community gardening and our Villages, Towns & Cities across our region. Our region covers Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, East & North Dorset and East Wiltshire. We look forward to a busy and successful year, and we wish all of our entries every success, and we look forward to seeing you at our awards in September at the Amex. Peter Holman - Chairman

Judging Dates 2018

The South & South East in Bloom  Awards  – Cities, Towns, Town Centres, Villages, Coastal Towns & Business Improvement Districts.

Judging  Dates July 2nd – July 13th

The South & South East in Bloom Parks & Greenspaces Awards – Parks, Country Parks, Conservation areas, Church Grounds & Cemeteries.

Judging Dates June 18th – July 13th

The South & South East in Bloom Community Gardening Awards-  (RHS Britain in Bloom Its Your Neighbourhood Awards)

Assessment Dates June 18th – July 13th


Seminars & Workshops

The South & South East in Bloom Seminar & Workshop will be once again hosted by Tilgate Park Crawley on the 22nd March 2018. This year’s topics and arrangements for the day will be posted shortly and information sent to all entries. New or recent entries are encouraged to attend as how to prepare your entry for judging will be discussed. 

The South & South East in Bloom Judges Training day also at Tilgate Park will be on the 11th April. All Judges are urged to attend as several new arrangements are being introduced this year.