Welcome to South & South East in Bloom

South & South East in Bloom is part of Britain in Bloom and runs annual competitions to find the best Villages, Towns, Cities, Coastal Towns,  Parishes, Town & City Centres, Urban Communities and Business Improvement Districts. It not just the large entries abut also the smaller community groups who do so much to preserve our

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

Wise with Water

South East Water is delighted to be sponsoring the village and towns’ categories for the South and South East in Bloom.

The company is taking this opportunity to ask all water savvy gardeners to help spread water saving messages.

Top of its gardening tips are:

  • Take advantage of downpours by installing a water butt to collect free rainwater
  • Lay a holed hose beneath the surface of a flower bed to drip feed saved water to plant roots
  • Mulch flower beds to preserve moisture
  • Cut grass on the highest setting then leave the cuttings to conserve moisture
  • Do not water grass
  • Water plants early in the morning and late at night to prevent excess evaporation
  • Plant drought tolerant species of flowers and shrubs
  • Use washing up water in the garden



Your London Airport Gatwick – Headline Sponsor 2019

Thanks to all of the communities and judges who supported South & South East in Bloom this year and especially to our Headline Sponsor YOUR LONDON AIRPORT GATWICK, with whose support we have been able to encouraging Grass Roots Community Gardening & Horticulture throughout our region.

We are also proud to welcome South East Water to our band of supporters. They have become a Gold Sponsor supporting our Villages & Towns Categories.

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 the judging year. After a successful probationary year, new judges will be invited to judge/assess for a further 4 years. Good time keeping, 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 the 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, Community Gardening Groups & 

Invited guests will attend the South & South East in Bloom Awards which will be held on the 13th September at the Amex Stadium, Falmer , near Brighton. 


We look forward to seeing you there.


Seminars 2020

South & South East in Bloom will again be s holding Seminars at several venues across the region in 20120. So be sure to book your place and learn more about how the Bloom benefits communities across the region and the UK.

Find out more about South & South East in Bloom by contacting our campaign managers anne@sseib.com or Kate@sseib.com

Alternatively phone South & South East in Bloom on 020 8662 1021. We look forward to hearing from you.