Wokingham in Bloom is the umbrella group for the town's entry into the Royal Horticultural Society's regional Thames and Chilterns in Bloom competition, part of Britain in Bloom. 

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The competition is between villages, towns and cities with comparable populations and is judged in three main categories:

  • horticultural achievement
  • environmental responsibility
  • community participation

Each category is given equal weight. Scoring is based on long established RHS principles.

Gold award winners in 2016 may be entered into the national competition for Britain in Bloom in 2016 - again, in competition with similar sized localities. In 2013, Wokingham in Bloom's inaugural entry, the steering group was delighted to receive a prestigious Silver Gilt award and a regional prize as well. In 2014 with an improved score we also received a Silver Gilt medal. In 2015 and 2016 we were equally delighted to receive Silver Gilt medals.  In 2016, with a score of 84%, judges Kate Dagnall and Paul Almond said "Wokingham in Bloom is a true catalyst bringing the community together, instilling pride of place and making Wokingham a better place, keep up the good work as Gold is not far away".

A whole array of local groups and organisations are taking part, for example, Wokingham Horticultural Association, Friends of the Emm Brook, Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers, the Town and Borough Councils, Rose Street Gardeners, The Wokingham Society, All Saints Church, The Methodist Church and Incredible Edible to name but a few.

In 2016 local residents, groups, schools and businesses are playing a prominent role. Some achievements to date:

  • Improvement to Pavilions Border
  • Many more glorious hanging flower baskets across the town
  • Incredible Edible cultivating land on Elms Field, Pavilions Border, Alderman Willey Close et cetera
  • Re-establishing a pond at Woosehill Meadows

Please don’t be shy come and help Wokingham in Bloom. If you are interested and/or curious please contact the Amenities Officer.

Much more information can be found on the Bloom website.  Particularly about the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' assessed section of Bloom. Within this the Norreys Gardening Group was a worthy recipient of a RHS National Certificate of Distinction for the Cockpit Path Community Garden. 

The steering group is taking a step back in 2017 and will not be entering Thames and Chilterns in Bloom this year whilst the town centre regeneration works are underway.  It is very much hoped that the town will take part in 2018. 

 

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