Entries in our City, Town and village categories are eligible to be considered for our Regional and Schools Awards. They are open to any entry, and are intended to encourage key aspects of the Bloom in the Region.
The central theme for 2016 is Health, Happiness and Horticulture (H,H&H). This is an extension of the RHS Britain in Bloom Campaign of Greening Grey Britain which was introduced in 2015. H,H&H can be interpreted in many different ways and it is open for entrants to decide for themselves how they would like to link in this theme with any projects that they may be undertaking. A number of ideas were suggested in the Winter 2015/16 edition of the RHS community magazine “Grass Roots” if you are looking for inspiration.
In addition to an award for Health, Happiness and Horticulture, Thames and Chilterns will also present their own Regional Awards which recognise excellence in particular areas. The Regional Awards for 2016 are:
Business Involvement Award
Community Involvement Award
Conservation and Wildlife Award
Pride of Place Award
A brief description for each of these awards can be found on Regional Awards (download opposite).
A separate award, The Mark Mattock Schools Challenge, is presented to the school that best meets a range of criteria as described in the School Marking Sheet (download opposite). These fit in with aspects of the RHS School Gardening Scheme.
It is helpful if you are interested in entering for any of these awards that you mention it to the judges when they come to visit.