The local gardening competition was in effect the very beginning of what was to become Fareham in Bloom campaign “Bringing People and Parks Together”. It started in 1996 to encourage people to take a pride in their environment and improve the Borough by planting bright and colourful planting schemes.
In 2013 we have relaunched the competition with new marketing material, “give aways” and events in the town centre and a launch event at our sponsor St Margaret’s Nursery on 6th June.
Following on from the beginning of the campaign Fareham entered the South of England in Bloom competition which was the regional part of the Britain in Bloom competition. The South of England competition was merged with the South East region to form the South and SouthEast in Bloom regional group (SSEIB) although in some categories they are still judged separately. Fareham has proved to be remarkably succcessful in this competition.
In 2011 Fareham in Bloom first supported entries into the RHS It's your Neighbourhood campaign. This is a non-competitive campaign supporting local community groups in cleaning up and greening up their immediate local environment.
How does your garden grow
The success of the Fareham in Bloom campaign relies heavily on the contributions of residents, community groups and businesses within the Borough. Community
gardening has always been at the centre of our campaign, greatly attributing to the Borough's rich and colourful look.
With this, our gardening competition was relaunched this year with a special workshop, held at St Margaret’s Nurseries on 27 April. The competition is open to residents, schools and businesses in the Borough with entries being judged during July. The entrants will be awarded from Bronze to Gold during a presentation evening at Ferneham Hall during September.
Entries must be within the Borough of Fareham and visible from the
front or side (except sections 3 & 5). You may enter a maximum of four categories in sections 1 – 4 or one category from sections 5 & 6.
A list of the various entry categories is shown to the right.
To complete an online entry form go to:
1a Small floral front garden under 70m2
1b Large floral front garden over 70m2
1c Courtyard/forecourt garden up to 15m2
1d Plantman’s front garden – permanent planting schemes
2 Hanging or wall basket
3 Container – window box/tub/ etc.
4 Floral display, incl. balconies, using any baskets/containers
5 Unusual garden feature
6a Small floral garden under 100m2
6b Large floral garden over 100m2
6c Small plantman’s garden under 100m2
6d Large plantman’s garden over 100m2
6e Wildlife back garden
7a Allotment garden up to 5 rods
7b Allotment garden over 5 rods
8a Local authority run warden assisted/sheltered residential home, complex or day care facility
8b Other warden assisted/sheltered residential home, complex or other housing services provider
9 Business premises, incl. public houses
10 Large commercial landscape
11 Community floral display – your street, cul-de-sac, community centre, public service area
12 School gardening projects
The Fareham in Bloom Team