June Newsletter

We are delighted to welcome 19 city, town and village entries to Thames & Chilterns in Bloom this year, including regular, new and returning entrants. We also have 6 entries in the RHS Parks category. Please see overleaf for details.
We have over 25 ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ (IYN) entries, ranging from residents associations to scout groups to community gardens. There are too many to list here, but we are so pleased to have all of these community groups involved in the local campaign.
The Judges and Assessors have been busy arranging dates for their visits - if you haven't heard from them yet you will do very soon. We are looking forward to seeing you all in late June or July - city town and village entries should send their planned itinerary, parking and meeting arrangements and any other information to their Judges at least a week in advance of their visit. IYN entries just need to ensure that their Assessors have directions and parking details.
City, town and village entries have been sent our ‘Tour hints and tips’ - but this is also available on our website in the ‘City Town and Village Entrants’ section - and is well worth a look for reminders about what to include and how to make your tour run smoothly.
Do check our website www.tc-in-bloom.org.uk as all the information you need should be there, but please contact your Judges / Assessors or tandcinbloom@gmail.com if you have any queries.
Thank you all for your support, we look forward to seeing you in the summer.
Ted Smith, Chairman

News and information for entrants
Open day at Jealotts Hill Community Landshare.
You will have received an invitation to an open day at Jealotts Hill Community Landshare on 18 June 2016. This is an unusual and fascinating horticultural garden managed by volunteers, and involving many diverse groups. Well worth a visit so do join us if you can. Refreshments and a
light lunch will be provided. Visit www.jealottshilllandshare.org.uk/ for information about the site.
To date we have had lots of interest - if you haven't already been in touch please let us know if you will be attending - please contact Ros Aitken at ros.aitken@btopenworld.com Regional awards We present Regional Awards to city, town and village entrants that demonstrate excellence in a particular area of the judging criteria. Entrants are encouraged to mention to the Judges if they would like to be considered for a particular Award, but this is not essential as the Judges can nominate entries at their discretion. Details of this years Awards are available on our website - including a new award following the RHS Greening Grey Britain ‘Health Happiness and Horticulture’ theme. This can be interpreted in many ways, so be imaginative!
The Mark Mattock Schools Challenge will be run as in 2015 with details available from our website. We have categories for nursery / infant, primary, secondary and special schools - and all schools visited by the Judges on their tour will be assessed for an award. We also
encourage schools in the region to sign up for the RHS school gardening campaign - see www.schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/home for more information.