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1st February 2016


We are delighted to announce this year’s Regional Round of Britain in Bloom and ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’.

You can download the registration form, the IYN guidance notes and the IYN assessment form on the right.
The closing date is 25 March 2016.

 Assessments will take place in July, please indicate on the registration form if there are any dates or days of the week the assessors need to avoid – we will accommodate requests wherever possible. 

Do look out for communications from the RHS. The Britain in Bloom theme will continue the importance of green spaces for wild life and our own health and well-being, focusing on how gardens and green spaces can support our health and happiness; Greening Grey Britain for Health & Happiness.

All registered entrants will receive their Grass Roots magazine.  The RHS will not be sending out free seeds this year but will be offering all groups opportunities to apply for more direct RHS support.  Find out more on the RHS website

 The Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday 15th September, (tbc).  Further details will follow, but please put this date in your diary.  We will of course be running our slide presentation of all entrants’ efforts contributing to the IYN campaign.  Our Assessors take pictures on their visit but if you have your own photographs illustrating progress and/or projects please send them to Pete Thompson at  it would be much appreciated and may well be used at the Award Ceremony.


Ros Aitken
IYN Co-ordinator, Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Association.

If you still have any questions please do not hesitate to
email Ros Aitken

Communities creating long-term improvements
to their local environments

Jealott's Hill Community Landshare

Jealott's Hill Community Landshare



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Ruskin College Crinkle Crankle Club

Ruskin College Crinkle Crankle Club

 Hurdlers Green

 Hurdlers Green



Case Studies of The Ridgeline Trust IYN & Wroxham Community Garden

The Ridgeline Trust

The Ridgeline Trust was established as a charity in 2003 and over a period of many years with the help of many volunteers, they have managed to transform a 2 acre piece of waste ground completely covered with weeds and brambles into a beautiful garden, with all the facilities needed to serve a variety of disabled gardeners and supporting volunteers - tools, storage sheds, a greenhouse, a polytunnel, wheelchair-friendly paths, raised beds and - finally, wonderfully, - a fully accessible timber building offering meeting space, kitchen and toilets - all funded by generous (and hard-won) donations and grants from various awarding bodies. It was a long journey and they are proud of what they have achieved.


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Wroxham Community Garden

It all began in Sept 2011 when residents of Wroxham contacted their local councillor to ask him if some unsightly concrete structures could be moved. Finding there was no money for removal, nine residents decided that disguise was the only option. Noticing a sale of log rolls, Jeff and Eileen Mann used them to make planters, and incorporated a bird table into the middle. The nine residents pooled resources to buy plants, and a local councillor gave a £100 grant to pay for materials and plants for a large border at the edge of the garden. Residents donated plants too, and ideas for further transformation came thick and fast: a border was created around a cherry tree, replacing weeds; daffodils, were planted, then spare seedlings were added from residents' grennhouses. What to do with an ugly asphalt area? Happily, the Recreational Facilities Manager provided some used bark chippings, and Jeff and Eileen added some more. And the rough grass area? Well, wild-flower seeds were sewn – cowslip, primrose, buttercup and knapweed – attractive to insects and residents alike! On the other side of the patch the group planted vegetables, fruit and flowers; and, after an attack by greedy slugs, Jeff built raised beds for these. Ever inventive, he also created a Mr Potter feature made from recycled pots, a broken fork and leaky willies. The herb garden sprouts from an old wheelbarrow. Other donations have brought colour and elegance: a mimosa, a large fern, a conker-grown chestnut tree and a bird bath. A salvaged water-butt has helped hugely with watering the pots, and a pew bought from a local church sale provides a delightful garden seat. Jeff’s carpentry skills have come in handy in responding to the wish-list of the children in the group. Hearing that they liked windmills, he constructed one; and learning that one little girl would like a wishing well he built one of those too, and filled it with plants. So in the years since that first planter was built this small group of neighbours has transformed the area into a lovely garden, giving pleasure to all the residents; and they feel that working together on this has brought them all much closer together.

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