Each year the Shrewsbury in Bloom committee, in conjunction with the Town Council, holds a competition open to all residents known as the Town of Flowers.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the decision was taken to cancel the competition last year.
But the competition is back for 2021 and in a revised format.
With a change to the usual competition, the Committee is looking for entries in the following categories:
- best residential front garden category
- best residential back garden category
- best commercial premises
- best floral feature for hanging baskets and/or containers
The annual competition is open to residents and business premises located within Shrewsbury Town Council’s seventeen wards.
Judging has usually been undertaken by Members of the Committee visiting each nominated premises. To help keep everyone safe this year, it has been decided to hold the competition with the submission of photographs.
Entries, including proof of date the photos have been taken, should be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Shrewsbury in Bloom Town of Flowers Competition, Riggs Hall, The Library, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AS, by midday Friday 30 July.
Judging of the photo entries will then take place in August.
Keith Roberts, chairman of the Shrewsbury in Bloom committee, said: “It has been a very tough year for everyone and with people spending more time at home, there has been a marked increase in people improving where they live, including a greater interest in gardening.
“And it is this increased interest and hard work undertaken by the people of Shrewsbury that the Committee would like to acknowledge through this year’s competition.
“Gardening is also a great way for people to look after their mental health and wellbeing and it is always lovely to see people take time to look after their gardens. This is a great way for us to acknowledge the effort that goes into producing such delightful displays.”
- Open to gardens within the stated categories only within the Shrewsbury Town Council boundary
- Photos of gardens/features/premises must have proof of date for 2021. A maximum of 5 photos can be submitted for each entry via e-mail or printed and sent via post
- Judging will take place in August
- Entries expected to be bona fide amateurs – garden/floral displays to be entrant’s own work
- Shrewsbury Town Council supplied & maintained baskets at business premises are not eligible for entry
- Judges’ decision is final and no explanation will be offered for success or failure of a particular entry
- Entries for members & their families of the Shrewsbury in Bloom Committee, current Shrewsbury Town Council Councillors & staff will not be accepted
- Any entrant found to be breaking the rules will be disqualified
- We reserve the right to use any photographs submitted in any future promotional material
The results for the 2019 competition are as follows:
SCHOOL GARDEN AWARD
Winner – Radbrook Primary School
Second Place – Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic Primary School
Third Place – Belvidere Primary School
Championship Cup – Peter & Millie Ellis
Runner Up – Nick Wall
RESIDENTIAL FRONT GARDEN
Winner – John Evans
Runners Up – Eileen, Brian & Andrew Pugh and Diane Chandler
Winner – The Dun Cow
Runner Up – Terry Jones Solicitors