Parishes in Bloom

Parishes in Bloom:  Following a most successful launch in 2018, we are extending the program for a further year and would like to see and visit many more communities across our region. The process is  low key, free to enter and only requiring a simple entry form after which the Parish will be contacted by

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,

Allotments

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

Parishes in Bloom 2019

Last year South & South East in Bloom introduced a new non-competitive, free to enter category “Parishes in Bloom” as a pilot program. We were delighted to see 15 Parishes joining the Bloom family and showing how Parishes and local people care for their communities. The efforts of local people and the Parish Councils efforts were all there to see and high awards were given at the South & South East in Bloom Awards 2018.

So, following a most successful launch, in 2018, we are extending the program for a further year and would like to see and visit many more communities across our region. The process is intentionally low key, free to enter and only requiring a simple entry form after which the Parish will be contacted by an assessor to arrange a visit. The visit should last not much more than an hour with the intention of discovering what the community is doing under very simple assessment criteria, provided in advance.

All entries will receive a South & South East in Bloom Award according to the level achieved, (Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver & Bronze) with all entries invited to attend the South & South East in Bloom  Awards in September 2019.

All entrants will be invited to a seminar in the late winter/early spring 2019 to learn more of the program and to receive first-hand advice and support or if not able to make a seminar receive a mentoring visit before assessment. More information shortly.

Several of last years entries are now considering participating in our mainstream categories (Village, Large Village, Small Town) and would become part of the Britain in Bloom family, joining 1000’s of other communities from across the UK. All entries considering this option and who require further information/support we would be delighted to help you achieve the transition.

 

Your London Airport Gatwick – Headline Sponsor 2019

Thanks to all of the communities and judges who provided quotes and support for our Headline sponsor of the last three year; YOUR LONDON AIRPORT GATWICK, who we are delighted to say will be supporting us in again in 2019. So many thanks to the Community Engagement Team at Gatwick and we look forward to another successful year encouraging Grass Roots Gardening & Horticulture throughout our region.

Would you like to become an In Bloom Judge or Assessor?

South & South East in Bloom is looking to recruit judges and community assessors to our garden, horticultural, Parks and conservation judging team. If you have three days or more in June/July that you could give up to visit and assess/judge Communities, Parks, Villages, Towns & Cities and have relevant gardening/ horticultural or conservation experience or knowledge we would be pleased to hear from you. In the first instance please send an email to Peter Holman - Chairman South & South East in Bloom, peter@sseib.com briefly describing your background and why you would like to become a judge. You will then be invited to a training day (compulsory) following which you will be assigned to a senior judge/mentor and be allocated a number of entries in 2019. After a successful probationary year, new judges will be invited to judge/assess for a further 4 years. good time keepers, able to walk reasonable distances (some entries are walked and no transport is involved, be able to judges anywhere in Kent, Surrey, East & West Sussex, Hampshire, East & North Dorset and East Wiltshire. Judges must be able to get to an entry at teh time agreed. Judges are voluntary and only receive out of pocket expenses.

Judging Dates 2019

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

Judging  Dates July 1st – July 12th

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

Judging Dates June 17th – July 12th 

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

Assessment Dates June 17th – July 12th

 

Judges Meeting November 28th 2018

All current judges are encouraged to attend the South & South East in Bloom Judges meeting at the Chichester Assembly Rooms on November 28th  as a number of changes are taking place for 2019.

Further information/updating will take place at the annual judges training day, date and venue to be announced.