Published on 9th June 2017

Purple and white flowers

Cheltenham’s gardening enthusiasts and businesses are invited to take part in the annual Cheltenham in Bloom gardens competition.

This is the 35th anniversary year of Cheltenham in Bloom committee and the competition is open to everyone, no matter how big or small their plot or windowsill. This is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to show off their creative planting or landscaping in the front or rear garden category; or the hanging basket/container or border category if their passion is for a smaller scale.

Chris Ryder, chair of Cheltenham in Bloom, says: “As we celebrate Cheltenham in Bloom’s 35th year, it would be great to receive as many entrants as possible to make this anniversary a memorable one. No matter if it is a window box to enter or an acre of garden, our judges would be delighted to come and view your labour of excellence!”

Following the success of last year’s entries to the ‘container,’ ‘community project,’ and ‘eco features’ category, these will continue this year.

Categories for residents are:

  • Front or rear garden
  • Border
  • Patio
  • Hanging basket
  • Container
  • Eco features

The commercial categories are:

  • Shops and nursing homes
  • Hotels and guest houses
  • Pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes
  • Commercial premises
  • Eco features

Adam Reynolds, green space development manager for Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “As well as providing beautiful spaces to relax, our gardens can also be put to good use for growing vegetables or as havens for local wildlife.

“If you’re a keen composter, have created a wildlife garden or like to make use of recycled materials in your outside space you could see your efforts rewarded in the Eco features category.”

The deadline for applications is 10 July and judging will take place from 24 to 26 July. There will be an awards ceremony later in the year after the judging process.

Application forms are available to download on Cheltenham Borough Council’s website ( or can be collected from the main reception desk at the Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, or through Chris Ryder on 01242 526464.

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