Borough in Bloom
Borough in Bloom is a competition that
promotes residential and commercial gardens and has many different
sections. It has been a great success for many years with lots of
entries in each category. The standards are always very high and
the judges are always impressed with the quality of entries. The
Council wants to make the competition open to as many people as
possible throughout the County Borough and is always looking to
attract more interest every year. The Council would be delighted to
receive your entry. Residents who take pride in their gardens make
a great contribution to the overall look of the County Borough
which is great to see.
The competition culminates in a presentation ceremony at The
Princess Royal Theatre where winners are presented with trophies
and prize money by the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot.
There is no restriction on the number of categories that can be
||Front gardens no larger than 15 metres in any one direction.
Side gardens can be included as long as there is an open aspect to
the front as well as to the side of the property and are not longer
than 15 metres.
||Rear gardens, which are no larger than 15 metres in any one
direction and are totally at the rear of the property.
||Front, rear or side gardens larger than 15 metres in any one
||Front, rear or side gardens with no side longer than 5 metres
in any direction. (These are also eligible for entry into the front
or rear categories.)
||A basket display of 2 or more units.
|Boxes & Tubs
||Boxes or tubs display of 2 or more units.
||Themed gardens, such as water, topiary, oriental, etc. i.e.
anything outside of a ‘formal ‘garden.
|Housing Association Gardens
||Front or rear gardens for properties within a Housing
Association area and no larger than 15 metres in any one
||For first time entrants only, and can apply to any other
category i.e. front, rear, large, small, baskets, tubs, specialist,
Council etc. Entry to this category is in addition to any other
||Any garden, which is for community use, i.e. flats and
apartment complexes, nursing homes or sheltered housing complexes.
Individual flats can also/should be entered in front, rear, small,
large, baskets, tubs or specialist categories.
||Any school garden or nature area maintained mainly by the
children of the school. The running of this category is subject to
a minimum entry of three schools.
||Any garden that promotes or encourages the visit of wild life.
This category has two sections, Residential Wildlife and Schools
||Any commercial property including licensed premises. All
suitable licensed premises throughout the County Borough will be
judged automatically and no individual entry will be required.
||This category is restricted to allotment sites owned by Neath
Port Talbot County Borough Council. Each allotment site will
produce one winning plot. The overall allotment plot winner, runner
up and third place will be determined from the winners of the five
||Only streets where individual properties have entered the main
competition will be considered. Judging of the street will be
carried out by a drive by or walk along assessment process. All
properties in the street will be taken into consideration.
|Every Day Gardens
||Any garden with well maintained basic features e.g. non
ornamental and simple garden features.
Note:- If there is any doubt as to
the suitability of category entry, the decision will remain solely
with the judges and is final and binding.
Marks will be awarded out of 100 on the following basis: -
|Neatness and tidiness
|Balance, layout and use of colour
|Overcoming inherent problems
|Neatness and tidiness
Each category will receive the following awards.
||plus a perpetual Cup plus an individual trophy
||plus an individual trophy
||plus an individual trophy
The Allotments Category, where the overall winner will receive
£100. 2nd place £50 and 3rd place £30. All five finalists will
receive a trophy as allotment site winners.
The Streets category winner will receive a new street nameplate
bearing the title of Borough in Bloom 2010 Best Street.
For all categories involving cash prizes and shared places,
there will be a minimum award of £10 per person.
An unspecified number of Highly Commended (individual trophy)
Merit Awards (individual trophy) and Certificates of Commendation
will be awarded as appropriate. These will apply to any category at
the judge’s discretion. No entrant winning any of the top three
prizes in any category will be eligible for any of these awards in
any other category.
The ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE
trophy will be awarded to the entrant or entrants who have shown
continuing standards of excellence over a number of years. This
award is discretionary.
The VICTOR LUDORUM AWARD is for the overall
highest points scorer, 3 points being awarded for a 1st place, 2
points for a 2nd place and 1 point for a 3rd place. The winner will
receive a Cup, which they can retain in perpetuity, plus £100.
If you require any further information or advice, or would like
an entry form, you can either download
the form from this web site or contact the Borough in Bloom
organiser by any of the methods below.
The Borough in Bloom Competition
SRC, The Quays,
Telephone (01639) 686147
Contact us by email
Last Updated: 11.03.2013 at 12:22