Spring is well under way – Richmond in Bloom time once again!

Release Date: 29 April 2019

Flowers bloom earlier in a warmer climate so, for example, wisteria is now in bloom all over the borough well before May. So, all the gardening jobs start earlier and it is a good time to start to consider planning to enter this year’s Richmond in Bloom competition.

Richmond Borough in Bloom, founded in 1990, is an independent community group committed to enhancing the borough’s natural environment for the benefit of all who live, work or visit here. Every year a judging panel from across the borough reviews submissions across ten categories:

  • Front garden
  • Residential frontage
  • Park and Bloom
  • Estates (comprising of private and community residential properties)
  • Community building or communal area
  • Hotel or pub exterior
  • Shop frontage or business premises
  • Commercial centre
  • Richmond and Twickenham Times award for the best residential floral display
  • Best environmental garden or project

Judges assess all applications and visit each on a specific day. They consider the overall impact, soft landscaping, quality of maintenance and special marks are available for how eco-friendly the blooms are.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Martin Elengorn, said:

"Richmond in Bloom provides an opportunity to show that we can garden in a way that is not only a pleasure to the eye but supports biodiversity and the natural environment. With a new Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy due to see the light of day this summer we need to show that the way we garden can not only contribute to the beauty of the borough but contribute to making us the greenest borough in London. We are encouraging residents, community groups and businesses to take part with this in mind."

Pat Schooling, Chair of Richmond Borough in Bloom, added:

"Richmond in Bloom has been a major highlight for the borough over the past 29 years and the secret behind its longevity it quite simple – passion and commitment. Our residents care deeply about the environment and this competition is the chance for them to ensure our proud tradition of being the most floral borough in London continues to go from strength-to-strength."

For more information and to download an application form visit Richmond Borough in Bloom.

Deadline for applications is Friday 28 June 2019.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P133/19

Updated: 30 April 2019