Northumbria in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom competition in Northumberland, Durham, Tyne & Wear and Teesside.
“The show of flowers in otherwise drab grey streets, the landscaping of derelict and marginal land, the enhancement of our towns and pride in our villages is the aim and indeed the success of the competition.”
In our website you will discover how to enter the Northumbria in Bloom competition including our Growing Together scheme for schools and the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme, find information about what is current and reports and results from past years’ events.
Taking part in the competition is a rewarding experience, which improves the environment for local residents, encourages tourism and businesses to come to our region, and develops community spirit and a pride in the local environment.
Participation in the Northumbria in Bloom competition has improved the appearance of many places enormously, and this has been remarked upon by residents and visitors alike. Winners of the national competition have benefitted from the increase in local awareness and tourism.
Over 180 volunteer groups in the Region entered the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme last year. Their achievements were recognised at awards ceremonies in October and November. See the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood page.
Our scheme to encourage schools gardening called ‘Growing Together’ was again a huge success in 2013 with 38 entries from across the Region. Growing Together is available to all schools in the Northumbria in Bloom area, not just those whose communities have entered the main competition, and we have visited many schools which would otherwise have been unable to enter. We were delighted by the enthusiasm of students and dedication of teachers. For more information and to enter in 2014 go to the Growing Together page. My Chairman’s Spring Newsletter is here.
- Eileen Burn, Chairman, Northumbria in Bloom.