Details of categories, populations and entry fees are shown below,


Cities, Towns, Villages, Caravan Parks, Restaurants and Public Houses are also eligible to enter.


Successful entrants in the Campaign are invited to a Presentation Ceremony held in September each year.


We especially welcome new entries however small your Community Group.


The School Garden, Urban Community and Town Centre Categories have been running for some time now.

We introduced two additional categories, Health & Social Care Establishments and Allotments.



Class 16 – Healthcare Establishments


Class 17 – Allotments


Class 9 - Urban Community


It must be an identifiable Community within a larger conurbation, Town or City.  It must have its own identity and ideally have a group dedicated to leading the ‘In Bloom’ initiative locally.  An Urban Community will have its own sense of purpose and may set its own precept.  Whilst there will be horticultural interest, importance will also be attached to community and business support, heritage, and environmental aspects of the area.  The presence of Friends and other action groups will be of importance.


Class 14 – City and Town Centre


This category will have a new criteria which will take account of business, public and local authority support within a large Town or City Centre within a 1km radius of a known central point.  Community and local support will be important in the assessment process, and the criteria will be adjusted accordingly to take account of the different factors within the area designated.  Environmental, heritage, landscape and horticultural elements will also be considered.


Class 15 – School Garden


Clearly it would not be possible to visit all the entries should support be considerable.  Each School should submit electronically 5 photographs of their projects with a maximum of 500 words to support their entry.  These will then be assessed and a short list of six drawn up, which will be subject to a visit by our assessors, to reduce this to three winners.  Prizes will be given in National Garden Vouchers of £150, £100 and £50.  It will be necessary to levy a small charge as indicated above to cover our administrative and assessment costs.  The winning 3 Schools will be invited to the Presentation Ceremony.


Front Garden


Categories 1-8.   Entries in this category normally take judges to an exceptional front garden as part of the visit.  This year they will take a photograph of your submitted one front garden, with some local information.  These will then be assessed at a later Judges’ meeting for an overall winner who will receive £50 worth of National Garden Vouchers.  There will be no entry fee for this initiative, and the winner will be invited to the Presentation Ceremony, where a certificate and plaque will also be given.  Please note only one submission per entry in Categories 1-8, and front gardens only will be considered.


Changes to Categories


To bring us into line with the Royal Horticultural Society, adjustments to our entry criteria for City, Towns and Villages are necessary.  These will not affect all entries but the introduction of Coastal Category is new.  Towns can choose whether they enter as a Coastal or Town entry within the population figure.


Closing date for receipt of all Entries is 03rd May 2019.  Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged by email.


Judging will take place during the period 01st - 12th (first two weeks) July 2019.  The Judges decision is final.




This year the event will take place on 13th September 2019.  The results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.


All Entrants will be invited to the Awards Ceremony.  Winners will receive a Certificate and Plaque, runners up will receive a Certificate.  Participants should be aware that there will be a nominal charge for this event.  Invitations will be sent out in early August 2019.





1 City


2 Small City


3 Large Town


4 Town


5 Small Town


6 Large Village


7 Village


9 Urban Community


10 Coastal (12,000 and below)


11 Coastal (12,001 and above)


12a Hotels, Guest Houses, Public Houses & Restaurants



13a Caravans Static or Touring, Camping & Holiday Home Sites




14 City and Town Centre


15 School Garden


16 Health & Social Care Establishments


17a Allotments



18 Public Buildings


RHS – It’s Your Neighbourhood Award





100,000 and above


35,001 – 100,000


12,001 – 35,000


6,001 – 12,000


2.501 – 6,000


1,001 – 2,500


1 – 1,000


1 – 25,000


1 – 12,000


12,001 and above


Frontage only

Frontage & Grounds


Under 100 Units

Over 100 Units

Self Catering


1 km Radius from a known central point






10 Plots and Under

Over 10 Plots




Not applicable














































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