Gosport In Bloom Competition
The Gosport In Bloom awards are designed to involve the whole community in caring for or looking after the place where we live and work and is the platform for our entry into the South and South East In Bloom Awards. Gosport In Blooms past successes in the South and South East In Bloom awards is a credit to all our entrants, friends groups and volunteers.
Possibly the most important aspect of any In Bloom Group is to stimulate interest in the next generation of gardeners so Gosport In Bloom also run a Schools in Bloom competition to encourage local schools to include gardening in their activities. The schools in Bloom competition is aimed at getting children growing food plants, providing a home for wildlife and stretching their creativity by adding art and sensory features to their gardens.
The benefits of In Bloom for individual and group entrants are;
- An increase in local and civic pride and a sense of community and empowerment by engaging people in improving their community.
- Safer environments for the enjoyment of local people and a reduction in anti-social behaviour.
- Regeneration of run down and disadvantaged areas.
- Long term improvement for the environment by addressing sustainability, resource management, conservation, litter, graffiti etc.
- Positive effects on the local economy including increased commercial enterprise and increased tourism.
The Gosport in Bloom Competition is an inclusive horticultural, environmental and community campaign open to all residents, businesses, institutions or community groups within the Borough of Gosport.
The competition is aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of everyone in Gosport through the creation of beautiful and productive gardens and landscapes.
So, if you love where you live and want to make Gosport cleaner and greener this competition will put the buzz in your bees and the boom in your bloom, to enter you can click HERE
Gosport In Bloom Dates for your Diary
Main competition Entry Opening Date
2024 dates TBC
Main competition Entry Closing Date
5pm Friday 7th June 2024
24th June - 5th July 2024
In Bloom Competition Categories
Entries that require a site visit must be visible from the street.
Best Front Garden
Best Designed Front Garden
Best Container (hanging basket or planter)
Best Wildlife Garden
Best Retirement/Sheltered Housing Communal Garden
Best Shopfront Display
Best Business (Including Public Houses)
Best Public Attraction
Best Allotment Plot
Best Bee & Butterfly Garden
Most Unusual Garden Plant
The Fred Dinenage Award for the longest Runner Bean
The Mayors Community and Neighbourhood Group Garden Award
The below categories are judged by photographic submissions
Best Back Garden - small
Best Back Garden - large
What the Judges are looking for
Judges will take in to consideration how healthy and well maintained your plants are, how few weeds you have, is it a design that enhances your surroundings, your low impact on natural resources and the provision of an attractive setting for wildlife.
To assist the judges in understanding how you have achieved your wonderful displays please provide some background information for each category entered.
The information for the judges should include;
Any composting that you do
How you incorporate conservation
What you do to encourage wildlife
How you reduce recycle reuse in the garden
How you design and chose your plants
Any things you have introduced in the past year to improve plant health or to combat disease and pests
Gosport In Bloom would like to thank our sponsors A&S Motors and Hambrooks for their continued support.