Chesterfield in Bloom

Why we're introducing the RHS Community Awards

The RHS wants to continue recognising and celebrating the work that community groups are doing, but our priority has to be the health and wellbeing of the judges, volunteer groups and their wider communities. Unfortunately, the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic prevents us from planning a physical Bloom UK Finals Tour in 2021. Please note that some Bloom Regions are still hoping to make face to face assessments this year.

Throughout the pandemic, we know that many groups have carried on supporting and transforming their communities in socially distanced ways. The RHS Community Awards provide a unique opportunity for us to shine a light on the most innovative, inspiring and impactful projects.

Chesterfield in Bloom community gardening group

How will it work?

Groups that have excelled in previous years will represent their regions in this national programme. The groups will tell their stories digitally through photos, short videos and accompanying descriptions for consideration by RHS expert panels, with the results announced in September.

The Awards comprises of five categories:

  • Nourishing your community: Growing, sharing and enjoying food can be one the simplest ways to connect with people. This category focuses on how groups are using food growing as a tool to support their communities and bring people together.
  • Planting with purpose: Plants are amazing – they can play an important role in solving everyday problems and improving all of our lives. This category focuses on how groups are using plants and gardens in creative ways to address specific challenges in their communities.
  • Nature-friendly gardening: Every single outdoor space, including the very smallest, can be an important habitat for wildlife; and gardening in a nature-friendly way does not mean compromising on quality. This category recognises the work groups are doing to make the spaces they care for wildlife-friendly.
  • Green solutions: Plants and trees have many positive impacts on the environment and people’s wellbeing. How we grow and manage local green spaces can have a significant impact on issues like noise and air pollution, heatwaves and flooding, as well as climate change. This category recognises the work that groups are doing to create nature-based solutions to environmental challenges in their community.
  • Cultivating your community: Community gardening can strengthen communities and help build links between diverse groups of people. This category focuses on how groups are reaching out to include others from their community and enabling more people to enjoy the benefits of growing.
For further information regarding the RHS Community Awards, please contact Keep in touch with us on Twitter too via @RHSBloom.

Images are of Chesterfield in Bloom, who are participating in this year’s programme.

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