Judging for Britain in Bloom

July 31, 2019

Judges from Britain in Bloom did a whistle-stop tour around Reading today taking in all of the floral delights.

From Caversham Court Gardens to Henley Road Cemetery, from The Oracle to Forbury Gardens, from the Ridgeline Trust to the Lavender Place Community garden, the judges were given a blooming good outing.

They did manage a lunch stop after touring Green Park in golf buggies to see the park’s bees, its wormery and other eco-friendly initiatives – and they came away with a jar of honey produced by Green Park bees.

Said chairman of Reading in Bloom (RIB) Marc Allridge of Cherubs Floral Design: “It was a lovely sunny day and Reading looked simply gorgeous.

“We loved the baskets in the Abbey Quarter, paid for by the new Abbey Quarter BID, the guerrilla garden in Vastern Road which covers a huge patch and the Lavender Place community garden which is part of a project run by Reading police, alongside virtually every area of our town which looks so colourful and vibrant this summer.

"Green Park were great hosts for lunch - and the tour around there and talk afterwards was informative. Green Park is the only business park in the UK to be certified biodiverse."

Reading will find out is fate in the national competition in October – last year the town won a silver gilt medal and hopes are high among the RIB committee that it will strike gold in 2019.

The judges thanked everyone after the tour and said they had been very impressed with everything they saw. They said Reading had a great community and great parks, adding that our principles are there and the portfolio was unique.

Meanwhile judging has taken place for Reading in Bloom and winners will be notified shortly.

This year there were two new categories – Front Container Garden, the most florally attractive garden with all planting in containers. And for businesses is the Staff Well-being Garden, the best garden provided by an employer for the enjoyment of the workforce.

Said Marc: “Most of the entries were up this year and the two new categories proved very popular. Judging, as always, was hard but we think we’ve found some really worthy winners.”

An awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton Hotel on Monday, September 2.

We've launched for 2019!

May 7, 2019

Reading in Bloom has two new categories this year.

All you container lovers will like...

Front Container Garden

The most florally attractive garden with all planting in containers.

And for businesses...

Staff Well-being Garden

The best garden provided by an employer for the enjoyment of the workforce

See entry form here



Reading wins silver gilt at National Britain in Bloom

October 2018


Reading was awarded a Silver Gilt at the national Britain in Bloom presentations in Belfast.

 Delighted to be representing the Thames and Chilterns in the City category - against the likes of Aberdeen, Norwich and Belfast.

Many thanks to Britain in Bloom and the RHS for organising such a brilliant awards night, and for the warm welcome from the people of Belfast.

From left, the judges about to be driven around Green Park accompanied by Green Park staff. Reading Borough Council staff, RIB members and Cllr Karen Rowland. Green Park's Nicole Coulson with staff and RIB chairman Marc Allridge. One of the judges being interviewed and, below, Cllr Karen Rowlan and Marc Allridge

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