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 The judging criteria have been restructured to be in line with the key themes and to provide a greater degree of transparency and clarity to all concerned. The judging guidelines are also simpler and easier to use and understand. The key themes of Britain in Bloom are:

  •  Horticultural Achievement

  •  Environmental Responsibility

  •  Community Participation

General

Please remember that your entire tour route is subject to judging; that means what the judges see on the way from one feature stop to another as well as what they see at all the stops and as they further explore sites on foot during the tour are ALL subject to judging. Furthermore, the judges will expect that your campaign has considered your entire community not just the high street or the village square and that you, at the very least, have plans to address “problem” areas (i.e. vacant premises/plots, eyesores etc.). Finally, please also bear in mind that judges will be looking for your campaign activities to benefit your community not just for today but for the longer term.

Section A – Horticultural Achievement (50%; max 100 points)

In this section the judges will be looking for your year-round achievements in horticulture (including conservation and natural areas) focusing on five key areas:

  •  A1. Impact

  •  A2. Horticultural practice

  •  A3. Residential and community gardening

  •  A4. Business areas and premises

  •  A5. Green spaces

Each of these key areas will make up 10% of your overall score and be worth a maximum of 20 points.

 

For a downloadable copy of detailed judging guidelines for section A, click here.

 

Section B – Environmental Responsibility (25%; max 50 points)

In this section the judges will be looking for your year-round achievements in 5 key areas:

  •  B1. Conservation and biodiversity

  •  B2. Resource management

  •  B3. Local heritage

  •  B4. Local environmental quality

  •  B5. Pride of place

Each of these key areas will make up 5% of your overall score and be worth a maximum of 10 points.

Please bear in mind that judges will be considering environmental responsibility across all areas of your local campaign so, for example, if you have a fabulous floral display they will also want to know if you have achieved this effect with consideration for the environment. Although this section does outline the key areas of environmental responsibility please bear this important core pillar in mind across all of your Bloom activities and initiatives.

For a downloadable copy of detailed judging guidelines for section B, click here.

Section C – Community Participation (25%; max 50 points)

In this section the judges will be looking for your year-round achievements in 5 key areas:

  •  C1. Development and continuity

  •  C2. Communication and education

  •  C3. Community involvement

  •  C4. Year-round involvement

  •  C5. Funding and support

Each of these key areas will make up 5% of your overall score and be worth a maximum of 10 points.

 

For a downloadable copy of detailed judging guidelines for section C, click here.