How The Campaign Works?

The campaign runs all year round, in which communities can get involved for as long as they wish. Participants begin in South & South in East in Bloom mostly through participating in local community events and projects and activities that involve local people.

These activities may include group litter picks, bulb planting days and projects with local schools. In addition, local competitions (i.e. best front garden, best shop/pub frontage etc.) might be used to motivate people to participate.

All of the events and activities will then form an integral part of a community’s entry into South & South in East in Bloom in the Britain in Bloom mainstream categories. Communities enter “in Bloom” in the appropriate category based on their confirmed/verifiable electoral roll. In South & South East in Bloom we have the following categories:

Category Electoral Roll
Small Village of the Year 1-300
Village of the Year 301 -1,000
Large Village of the Year 1,001 -2,500
Parish of the Year  N/A
Small Town of the Year 2,501 – 6,000
Town of the Year 6,001-12,000
Large Town of the Year 12001-35000
Small City of the Year 35001-100,000
City of the Year 100,001-200,000
Large City of the Year over 200,001
Urban Community up to 12,000
Small Coastal under 12000
Large Coastal over 12000
In addition, we have non-populations based categories:  
Town Centre of the Year up to 1 Sq. Kilometre
Town Centres over 1 Sq. Kilometre
Business Improvement Districts not area specific
Small Park of the Year up to 5 acres
Park of the Year Awards 6-10 acres
Large Park of the Year over 10 acres
Country Park of the Year Award No size limit
Small Cemetery of the year up to 5 acres
Cemetery of the Year 5-10 acres
Large Cemetery of the Year over 10 acres
Churchyard of the Year  No size limit
Heritage Park/Landscape of the Year No size limit
Business Landscape of the Year  No size limit
Walled Garden  No size limit
Small Conservation Area  Up to 5 acres 
Conservation Area  5-10 Acres 
Large Conservation Area  Over 10 acres 
Common/Open Space  No size limit
Desktop Entries   
Environmental Challenge   
Environmental Challenge for Schools   
Front Gardens & Balconies  
Grow at Home   
Wildflowers & Weeds  
Residential Street/Road  
Roof Gardens & Living Walls   
Pubs & Restaurants    
Hotels & Guest Houses   
Shop Fronts and Work Places   

Once registered for South & South East in Bloom you will receive all the particulars of participation from us but one of the standard elements of participation is a visit from our “in Bloom” judges/assessors which normally happens in June/July. Exceptions being that (*) will be initially desktop judged with the shortlisted entries receiving a visit.

Another feature of the campaign is our awards ceremony where we present the results of the judging/assessing, this usually takes place in September.

An Entrants seminar is organised and usually run in February or March and all entrants are invited. In April a judges meeting is held and judges are allocated a category to judge/assess. A pair of judges is selected for mainstream entries and a single judge is selected for Schools and RHS Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood entries.

Entries are usually judges from mid-June to mid-July.

For those who are involved in Britain in Bloom finals judging usually takes place in August.

Judges scores and reports are verified during August and the annual awards to which all are invited usually takes place in September each year.


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