Diary Dates 2017


21 and 22 April 2017
Launch of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom

April 2017
Leaflets with a competition entry form will be distributed widely and are available at the Gateway

May 2017
Deadline for sponsors to be integrated in publications Sponsorship Opportunities

June 2017
Closing date for returning competition entry forms

July 2017
Judging Period

September 2017
Awards Presentation
for the 'Best' categories

September 2017
Awards Presentation
for the Schools competition

October 2017
Thank you / Debriefing for organisers, participants, sponsors

Sponsors


There are great opportunities for sponsors. We have four levels of sponsorship.
They are tailored and could become a highly efficient advertisement tool for small and medium businesses.

Sponsorship Opportunities

 
 

 
 

 
 

 


in partnership with

BLOOM IS BACK!



Volunteers needed

  • help us distribute leaflets in your neighbourhood
  • help us planting bulbs, shrubs, bee-friendly flowers
  • help us cleaning areas - roundabouts, parks
  • Appeal to greenhouse owners — please give us your surplus of plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORY on RTW in BLOOM


 

Past events until re-launch in Spring 2010!

(Royal) Tunbridge Wells in Bloom through the ages - May 2010

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - back in 2003 - Sept 2003

 

 

 

 

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18 July 2017


In the week (14.7.-23.7.2017) of "LOVE OUR PARK" -
parks and open spaces in Royal Tunbridge Wells have been recognised by the GREEN FLAG AWARD Scheme:
Woodbury Park Cemetery, The Grove, Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, Calverley Grounds, Dunorlan Park (also accredited as a Green Heritage Site)

 

 

13 July 2017


The Bloom Team prepared various portfolios for the Judges of "South and South East in Bloom".

RTW in Bloom: The Town - Portfolio
and
RTW in Bloom: Calverley Ground - Portfolio
and
RTW in Bloom: Grosvenor and Hilbert Park - Portfolio
and
RTW in Bloom: TW Cemetery and Crematorium - Portfolio

The Town ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS in BLOOM was judged by Reg Harrison and Reg Leach on Thursday 13 July 2017.
We will know the results for South and South-east in Bloom in September 2017.

 

 

5 July 2017


We have hit a record 216 BLOOM entries!
The competition "for BEST" has now closed.
Judging will take place week commencing 24 July 2017.
Keep on watering :-)
..... to win one of the BEST categories!

 

 

28 June 2017


You can still enter the competition until Friday 30 June!

We have received 199 category entries so far:

>>>>> RESIDENTIAL:
- Best Street/Flats - 8
- Best Basket - 20
- Best Planter/Tub/Container - 26
- Best Front Patio/Balcony - 15
- Best Front Garden - 30
- Best Wildlife Garden - 11
- Best Back Garden - 26
- Best Allotment - 24 =
- Best TWBC Windowsill - 3
- Best School - 7
>>>>> COMMERCIAL:
- Best Planter/Basket - 10
- Best Business Grounds - 7
- Best Community Allotment/Garden - 3
- Best Shop Front - 5
- Best Pub/Club/Café - 4

 

 

23 June 2017


RTW in Bloom 2017 campaign is in full swing,
and we are busy with preparations for the visit of South and South East in Bloom judges next month.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Summer 2017
Many thanks to TWBC's Communications/Publications team.

 

 

9 June 2017


The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom team raised a grand total of
£2,037.40 from the Royal Tunbridge Wells "OPEN GARDENS TOUR"
on Sunday 4 June 2017.

£1,611.10 was raised in tickets sales in advance and on the day (some people made a smaller donation to see just one garden out of the six in the tour) and £426.30 from the raffle, plant sale and cream teas.
A massive thank you to all of you who helped the Bloom team in partnership with the Hospice in the Weald and made the day a fabulous success!

 

 

15 May 2017


Royal Tunbridge Wells Open Gardens Tour will take place on
Sunday 4 June 2017 (11am to 5pm).
Tickets will be available on the day at each Open Garden:

  • 10 Birch Close, TN2
  • Haliwell Care Home, Kingswood Road, TN2
  • 9 Royal Chase, TN4
  • 2 Cumberland Gardens, TN1
  • Ivy Chimneys, 28 Mount Sion, TN1
  • Calverley Park Crescent, TN1
Thank you for supporting RTW in BLOOM and Hospice in the Weald.
"Open Gardens in RTW - Sunday 4 June 2017"

 

 

26 April 2017


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom goodie bags 2016

 

 

26 April 2017


"Celebrating the power of flowers"
The In Bloom team hope that this year's event will not only increase community and civic pride ....
Many thanks to TIMES of Tunbridge Wells
(weekly newspaper on Wednesdays)

 

 

21 April 2017


BLOOM Launch dates: Friday 21 April and Saturday 22 April 2017
in the Precinct, close to the entrance of the Royal Victoria Place
(RVP Shopping Centre)


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom launch Friday 21.4.2017



We had visitors ....
the Mayor Cllr David Neve, the Leader of the Council Cllr David Jukes, Greg Clarke MP
.... many residents collected their 'goodie bags'!


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom launch Friday 21.4.2017

 

 

19 April 2017


For everyone interested in Bees ... you are most welcome to come to
the "BEES need FLOWERS; FLOWERS need BEES - TALK"
on Wednesday 10 May 2017 6 pm @Grosvenor & Hilbert Park - Hub

 

 

5 April 2017


RTW in BLOOM judging dates: .
The Town RTW will be judged on 13 July 2017.
Dunorlan Park will be judged on the same day in the afternoon.
The Common and Barnetts Wood on 6 July;
Grosvenor and Hilbert Park and Woodbury Park Cemetery on 7 July.
Calverley Grounds and the Cemetery and Crematorium on 11 July.

 

 

23 March 2017


People's Choice Award - celebration of 50 years of BLOOM
South and South East in Bloom launched the People's Choice Award this year to celebrate 50 years of BLOOM. The aim is to find
- 50 top Parks/Green Spaces,
- 50 best Front Gardens,
- 50 most floral pubs.

Please help us to get Dunorlan Park to the top 50!
S&SEiB People's Choice Award vote is now open!
Deadline for voting is Friday 11 August 2017.
The most voted for entries will be invited to the S&SEiB Awards on 20 September 2017.

 

 

17 March 2017


Cross Pollination Project
Planting up two of the Cross Pollination Project study sites

  • Thursday 4 May 2017 10am-3pm, Bee Planting Day @ Grosvenor and Hilbert Park.
    We need volunteers to help fill the beds with soil, then plant them up with 17 project plants. We will meet at the Hilbert Road gate at 10am or come and find us down hill from there. Tea, coffee, biscuits will be provided.
  • Friday 5 May 2017 10am-3pm, Bee Planting Day @ Pepenbury.
    We need volunteers to help fill the beds with soil, then plant them up with 17 project plants. We will meet in the car park at 10am or come and find us by the donkey field; please sign in at reception on arrival. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

 

 

14 March 2017


... We want to win the GOLD again this year!
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Spring 2017
Many thanks to TWBC's Communications/Publications team.

 

 

20 January 2017


South and Southeast in Bloom 2017:
Royal Tunbridge Wells entries for South & South East in Bloom competition have been now submitted in the following categories:

  • Large Town - Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Large Park - Dunorlan Park, Grosvenor & Hilbert Park, Calverley Grounds
  • Large Conservation Area - Barnett's Wood
  • Commons / Open Space - Tunbridge Wells Common
  • Churchyard - Woodbury Park Cemetery
  • Large Cemetery / Crematorium - Tunbridge Wells Cemetery and Crematorium

 

 

10 January 2017


South and Southeast in Bloom 2017:
Judging dates have been released.
Judging the parks and cemeteries in RTW will be done between 26 June and 14 July 2017;
the town Royal Tunbridge Wells will be judged between 3 July and 14 July 2017.
The Bloom team has to submit all participating entries by 20 February; portfolios have to be sent in by end of May 2017.

 

 

19 December 2016


ANNOUNCEMENT:
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - LAUNCH 2017 -
will take place in the Calverley Precinct
on Friday 21 April 2017 and Saturday 22 April 2017 (10am -3pm).

These BLOOM pages on the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website will tell you in short
"About Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom"
"How to Get Involved"
"Sponsor the Event"

 

 

6 December 2016


New 2017 Project - Improvement of the gardens at Crescent Road Car Park
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom needs your help!
We would like as many local businesses as possible to get involved;
we are also looking for volunteers to help us plant.
"Help transforming neglected areas in RTW into beautiful gardens"

 

 

5 December 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom would like to thank
all the participants, volunteers,contractors and sponsors for yet another successful year of our horticultural campaign.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Winter 2016/17
Many thanks to TWBC's Communications/Publications team.

 

 

29 November 2016


Open Gardens 2017 - RTW in Bloom and Hospice in the Weald
As an entrant in the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom competition would you like to help promote our competition and support the Hospice in the Weald at the same time?
Information on:
"Open your garden to visitors for one afternoon in June 2017"

 

 

8 November 2016


ANNOUNCEMENT:
We will be launching the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2017 competition in April 2017.

 

 

 

 

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24 October 2016


RTW in BLOOM is pleased to be one of the partners of the
Cross Pollination Project.
The Cross Pollination Project, a three year Heritage Lottery Funded project, was created to raise awareness of bees and pollinating insects, highlight the importance of forage for bees and insect pollinators, show how people can help by growing pollinator friendly flowers in their garden or window box.

For everyone interested in Bees ...
you are most welcome to come to the "BEES in WINTER" - TALK on Wednesday 26 October 2016, 6 pm @Grosvenor & Hilbert Park - Hub

 

 

12 October 2016


Sweet scent of success for "In Bloom" winners
Many thanks to TIMES of Tunbridge Wells
(weekly newspaper on Wednesdays)

 

 

29 September 2016


The awards ceremony for the various "BEST" categories was held at the HOTEL du VIN on Thursday afternoon, 29 September 2016.
Every entrant received a certificate or glass trophy and a "goody bag".
RTWiB Category Winners 2016

 

 

21 September 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells wins gold for ‘In Bloom’ colours
Many thanks to TIMES of Tunbridge Wells
(weekly newspaper on Wednesdays)

 

 

14 September 2016


At the South and South East in Bloom Awards Ceremony, Fareham, Hampshire, Royal Tunbridge Wells collects
GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE Awards in 2016 (twitter tweets)
GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE Certificates 2016 (facebook postings)

 

 

21 August 2016


Following up on the "Honey Harvest Talk" on Wed. 10 August 2016,
here is a list of 14 pollinator friendly plants, which will be used in the CROSS POLLINATION PROJECT organised by the Kent High Weald Partnership (Conservation Centre, Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SJ

Borege Borago officinalis
Buddleia davidii
Catmint Nepeta
Dahlia: Bishop of Llanduff
Fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica
Helenium Sahin's early flowerer
Helianthius Lemon Queen
Hemp agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum
Lamb's ear Stachys byzantia
Lavender Lavendula x intermedia
Loosestrife (purple) Lythrum salicaria
Marjoram Origanum vulgare
Verbena bonariensis
Wallflower Bowles Mauve Erysimum

Control Plants - NOT good for pollinators:
Semi-cactus Dahlia
Pom-pom Dahlia
Pelargonium

Insect pollinators include:
bees, (honey bees, solitary species, bumblebees); pollen wasps (Masarinae); ants; a variety of flies including bee flies and hoverflies; lepidopterans, both butterflies and moths; and flower beetles.

 

 

August 2016


ANNOUNCEMENT:
The awards ceremony will be held at the HOTEL du VIN on Thursday,
29 September 2016. All participants are invited!

 

 

7 August 2016


For everyone interested in Bees ... you are most welcome to come to the "HONEY HARVEST TALK" on Wednesday 10 August 2016 6 pm @Grosvenor & Hilbert Park - Hub

 

 

5 August 2016


Many thanks to Emma O'Halloran for the "BLOOM Blog"on the Tourism Website for Tunbridge Wells!
Visit Tunbridge Wells

 

 

30 July 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells has another Green Flag award!
It is the fifth Green Flag park in town: Grosvenor and Hilbert Park.
In 2006, Dunorlan Park and The Grove,
in 2008, Woodbury Park Cemetery and
in 2015 Calverley Grounds, received their Green Flags.
Green Flag Awards: Award winning sites

 

 

22 July 2016


All the judging of the entries for "BEST" is concluded!
RTW in Bloom - Competition entries for the "BEST" of various categories - Photos

 

 

11 July 2016


The Town ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS in BLOOM (South and South East in Bloom) was judged Monday 11 July by Jean Griffin and Nick Hagon.
We would like to thank the judges for their visit and comments, and to give a Big Blooming Thank You to all our Partners, Friends and Sponsors.
RTW in Bloom - "Meet the Judges" - Photos
and
RTW in Bloom - "Judging Tour" - Photos
We will know the results for S&SEiB on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

 

 

10 July 2016


The Bloom Team prepared various portfolios for the Judges of "South and South East in Bloom".
(Portfolios' contents: Foreword and Welcome, Introduction - Horticultural Achievements - The Environment, Environmental Responsibility - Community Involvement, Specific Community Projects, "Love Where We Live", Friends and Community - Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Funding Summary - Samples of Publicity - Bloom Partners)

RTW in Bloom: The Town - Portfolio
and
RTW in Bloom: Calverley Ground - Portfolio
and
RTW in Bloom: Grosvenor and Hilbert Park - Portfolio
and
RTW in Bloom: TW Cemetery and Crematorium - Portfolio

We will know the results for S&SEiB on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

 

 

8 July 2016


"Bees' Needs" week is this week! ... from 9 to 17 July 2016
Bees are the only insect that make food people can eat.
Find out how you can help
>> Defra UK (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)
Bees' Needs: food and a home

 

 

22 June 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom campaign 2016 ...
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Summer 2016 Many thanks to TWBC's Communications/Publications team.

 

 

15 June 2016


"A blooming marvel that just keeps on growing"
RTW in Bloom: the deadline looms to register
Many thanks to Andrew Tong and Richard Moore, TIMES of Tunbridge Wells (weekly newspaper on Wednesdays)

 

 

11 June 2016


Next week 13 June - 19 June 2016 is BRITISH FLOWERS WEEK

RTW in Bloom - British Flowers Week @Farmers Market (KM/2016)

 

 

8 June 2016


Together with the "Love Where We Live" initiative RTW IN BLOOM aims to achieve a litter free, cleaner and greener town. The Love Where We Live Awards for 2016 are now open for nominations (closing on 29 July 2016). These community awards celebrate and reward some of the amazing individuals, groups, businesses, charities and organisations who help make our town ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS and the borough a great place to live.

There are seven awards open for nominations this year:
- Best Group,
- Ethical Business,
- Individual Hero,
- Young Volunteer of the Year,
- Sports Achiever of the Year,
- Young Sports Achiever of the Year,
- Charity of the Year
Online/Printable Nomination Forms for "Love Where We Live"

 

 

7 June 2016


"Helping Bees in Gardens and Parks"
A talk on urban gardening for bees and other pollinators
- hosted by Kent High Weald Project and Ellen Montelius -
will be held on Monday, 27 June 2016 (at 19:30-21:00) @The Hub in the Grosvenor and Hilbert Park.
Apiculture expert, Professor Ratnieks from the University of Sussex, will explain the research which was done how best to help bees and pollinating insects in parks and gardens, studying bee behaviour and looking at specific plants and their attractiveness.

 

 

1 June 2016


Judging dates of all entries in the South and South East in Bloom Competition 2016 have now been received:

  • The Grove - 9th June
  • Grosvenor and Hilbert Park - 4th July
  • Calverley Grounds - 5th July
  • Barnetts Wood - 5th July
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells, Town - 11th July
  • Tunbridge Wells Cemetery and Crematorium - 13th July

 

 

6 May 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom campaign 2016 launched with promotional events on 8 April and 9 April at Calverley Precinct and on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May at the Family Fun Day at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park.
BLOOM stalls received lots of visitors and it was great to see so many people interested in the campaign. We gave away in total 1300 of bedding and basket plants for local residents.

Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre will be judged on Monday 11 July. Preparations for the judging day are in full swing. We will install far more hanging baskets, planters and barrier troughs then in previous years and community involvement at our parks has been great throughout the year. Results of South and South East in Bloom competition will be revealed in September. We are confident to win the Gold again!

 

 

22 April 2016


.... the result of planting 8000 bulbs on the "Townhall Green" last October!

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - Town Hall Green planting 8 Oct 2015 (KM/2016)

 

 

9 April 2016


"Join Our Campaign!"
Another successful event promoting Bloom with the help of the Twitterati of Royal Tunbridge Wells!
RTW in Bloom and Twitter
(8 and 9 April 2016)

 

 

1 April 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2016 campaign begins next weekend on Friday 8th April and Saturday 9th April, from 10am until 3pm in the Calverley Precinct, opposite Boots. It is an opportunity to meet the Bloom team, collect competition entry forms and free plants.
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom launches

 

 

31 March 2016


We received entries to BLOOMING SCHOOLS 2016
(and it is great to see a new school joining the competition!)

  • Broadwater Down Primary
  • Bishops Down Primary
  • St James's Infants
  • Temple Grove Academy
Additionally, Claremont School offered art work.
Free seed packets will be sent to the schools' gardening club.

 

 

11 March 2016


The Bloom team is getting ready for the flowering season
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Spring 2016 Many thanks to TWBC's Communications/Publications team.

 

 

9 March 2016


"Flower power needed
to add those colourful touches for spring launch"

Call to action as town gets ready for RTW In Bloom competition
Many thanks to Sarah Bond and Richard Moore, TIMES of Tunbridge Wells (weekly newspaper on Wednesdays)

 

 

8 March 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom is a horticultural campaign and gardening competition, part of the South and South East in Bloom and nationwide Britain in Bloom. Royal Tunbridge Wells is being judged every July by horticultural experts from South and South East judging panel.
Our Achievements so far:
- Gold medal in the Large Town category for past 4 years
- Silver medal in the national competition in 2012
- Awards for Dunorlan Park, Woodbury Park Cemetery, Barnett's Wood and Grosvenor & Hilbert Park
RTW and all South and South East in Bloom entries 2016

 

 

25 February 2016


.... and this year's BLOOM goodie bags are being prepared!
Launch date: Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2016
in the Precinct, close to the entrance of the Royal Victoria Place
(RVP Shopping Centre) Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom goodie bags 2016

 

 

8 February 2016


Royal Tunbridge Wells entries for South & South East in Bloom have been submitted!

This year's entries:
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Large Town category
Dunorlan Park - Large Park category
Grosvenor & Hilbert Park - Large Park category
Calverley Grounds - Large Park category
Tunbridge Wells Cemetery and Crematorium - Large Cemetery category
Woodbury Park Cemetery - Churchyard category
Barnett's Wood Local Nature Reserve - Large Conservation Area category
Tunbridge Wells Common - Commons/Open Space category

Calverley Grounds, Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, TW Cemetery and the Common enter the competition for the first time in their own rights.

 

 

22 January 2016


"GET READY FOR IN BLOOM 2016"
Plant your seeds now for Royal Tunbridge Wells In Bloom summer competition
Many thanks to Mary Harris, Kent and Sussex Courier.

 

 

10 December 2015


"RTW in Bloom - what's new? and latest News!"
Everyone is welcome to join the Bloom campaign, to enhance the beauty of the town and to promote Royal Tunbridge Wells for residents and visitors.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine
- Winter 2015/2016

Many thanks to TWBC's Communications/Publications team.

 

 

1 October 2015


Volunteers needed!
In preparation for next year's 2016 competition, the Bloom team will be planting spring flowering bulbs on the green on the front of Town Hall on Thursday, 8 October, 10am - 2pm.
We need help as there are 8000 bulbs to plant! If you would like to help please let us know. Please wear suitable clothing and sensible footwear. We will provide gloves.

 

 

End of September 2015 - start of the next BLOOM year!


The competition is open to all schools of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
All information is on this leaflet:
Blooming SCHOOL Competition 2016
- School ART Competition Entry Form (closing date 31 January 2016)
- School GARDEN Competition Entry Form (closing date 1 June 2016)

 

 

 

 

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24 September 2015


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Awards ceremony was held at the Hotel du Vin on Thursday 24 September 2015. The competition results of the 'BEST' categories were announced at the Awards Presentation (GOLD, SILVER, SILVER GILT, BRONZE)

RTW in Bloom Awards Ceremony - Winners of 'BEST categories 2015
RTW in Bloom - Residential, School & Business entries 2015

You can access the photo album and download your pictures!!
ALL PHOTOS of winners taken during awards ceremony

 

 

11 September 2015


Over the past 15 years "South and South East in Bloom" has seen participation increase by 700%!
South & South East in Bloom Results 2015
including Royal Tunbridge Wells


Royal Tunbridge Wells scoops gold in South and South East in Bloom (Courier - Mary Harris, 11 September 2015)

 

 

11 September 2015


.... and GOLD goes to ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS (large town) in the "South and South East in Bloom" competition!
(RTW is part of the RHS Britain in Bloom, one of Europe's largest horticultural campaigns, with 1,600 cities, towns, villages.)

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom awards certificates (KM/2015)
KM/2015

 

 

11 August 2015


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom awards will take place at the Hotel du Vin on Thursday 24 September 2015. Residents, businesses and schools participating in this year's competition are invited to attend the ceremony (3:30pm-5:30pm).
Looking forward to seeing everyone!

 

 

1 August 2015


South and South East in Bloom awards will take place on 11 September.
We have to wait until then ... Gold again for Royal Tunbridge Wells?

 

 

21 July 2015


Judging of the "Front Gardens" and "Planters/Balcony/Baskets" took place in Royal Tunbridge Wells on 21 July 2015.
Judging of the "Schools" in the local competition took place on 29 June.
133 category entries (105 residential, 20 business, 8 schools) were submitted this year.

 

 

15 July 2015


TODAY - We are looking forward to welcoming the RHS Bloom judges in Royal Tunbridge Wells!
For more information look on FACEBOOK "Royal Tunbridge Well in Bloom".

Town is inspected by Britain in Bloom judges
Many thanks to Roger Kasper/Mary Harris from The Courier.

 

 

2 July 2015


"Important dates for RTW in Bloom"
Tunbridge Wells Town Crier - July 2015
Many thanks to Joe Challis.

 

 

29 June 2015


"Bloom competition - what's new? and latest News!"
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Summer 2015
Many thanks to TWBC's Communications/Publications team.

 

 

16 June 2015


So far "RTW in Bloom" received 114 competition entries this year!
Submissions were received from 93 residents (e.g. 20 front gardens, 20 allotments), 15 businesses and 6 schools (St Barnabas, Bishops Down Primary, St James' Infant, St James' After-school Club, St John's Primary, Oakley).
There is still time to enter RTW in Bloom!
We moved the closing date to 30th June 2015!

 

 

26 May 2015


RTW in Bloom has been part of the "Love Where We Live" initiative since the re-launch in 2010. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's "Love Where We Live" awards 2015 are now open!
Love Where We Live

There are nine categories open for nominations this year:
Lifetime Achievement Award,
Ethical Business Award,
Individual Hero Award,
Sports Achiever of the Year,
Young Volunteer of the Year,
Young Sports Achiever of the Year,
Safer Community Award,
Charity of the Year,
Best Group Award.

>> Nominations close on 31 July 2015.

 

 

20 May 2015


The next important days for RTW in Bloom are:
- mid June 2015: judging of allotments
- 15 July 2015: judging of the town Royal Tunbridge Wells
(South and South East in Bloom)
- the week commencing 20 July 2015: judging of all entries of the local competition

 

 

9 May 2015


RTW in Bloom promotional event in the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre on Saturday 9 May 2015

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom (KM/2015)
KM/2015

 

 

22 April 2015


In case you missed the launch days of RTW in Bloom on 10 and 11 April do come along to our next promotion event in the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre (upper level, near Boots) on Saturday 9 May 2015.
You will receive a 'goodie bag' with a competition entry form and you can find out more about this year's competition!
Competition Entry Form
has to be returned by 1 June 2015.

 

 

13 April 2015


We are pleased to announce - we have a new BLOOM sponsor!
Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells will host the "RTW in Bloom awards ceremony" in the Ruinart Room (overlooking the hotel gardens and Calverley Ground) on Thursday 24 September 2015.
Many thanks to Nikki Dorkings.

>>> At the moment Hotel du Vin is just coming into their summer season; they have a special offer you might like to try out: "Al Fresco Menu" with 2 courses at £16.95 and 3 courses at £19.95; and you get a free glass of pinot when booking!
Meeting Rooms @Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells

 

 

10 April 2015


The launch of BLOOM 2015 will take place @precinct (Calverley Road pedestrian area) on Friday 10 April and Saturday 11 April! - do come along to get your 'goodie bag' and find out about this year's competition!

The Courier and Mary Harris, supports us again:
"Gardeners urged to dig for victory in bloom contest"
Help the town to hang on to its gold medals

 

 

7 April 2015


The 2015 Competition Form is out!
Competition Form has to be returned by 1 June 2015.

 

 

18 March 2015


"Bloom is back, so dust off those gardening gloves and lets make Royal Tunbridge Wells ‘Best in Show’!"
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Spring 2015

 

 

5 March 2015


The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Launch dates are confirmed:
Friday 10 April 2015 and
Saturday 11 April 2015.

 

 

 

 

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30 September 2014


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Awards ceremony was held at the Assembly Hall on Tuesday 30 September 2014. The competition results of the 'BEST' categories were announced at the Awards Presentation (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and commendations)

RTW in Bloom Awards Ceremony - Winners of 'BEST categories 2014

RTW in Bloom - Residential & School entries 2014

RTW in Bloom - Business entries 2014

 

 

17 September 2014


Royal Tunbridge Wells has received a gold medal for the third consecutive year in the Best Large Town category. The town also won the Kent Life County Award for the best town in Kent.
Dunorlan Park received a gold medal in the Best Large Park category for the third time.
In first time entries, Woodbury Park Cemetery received a silver - in the Small Cemetery category, while Barnett’s Wood Nature Reserve was also awarded a silver - in the Conservation category.
Additionally, Woodbury Park Cemetery, Calverley Grounds and Grosvenor and Hilbert Park all won a Level 3 - in the "It’s Your Neighbourhood" competition.

"Tunbridge Wells secures gold in South East in Bloom"
The results for RTW in Bloom (Courier - Mary Harris)

South & South East in Bloom Results 2014

 

 

8 July 2014


This year - 86 competition entries were submitted for Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom.
Who will have in town the BEST basket, BEST Patio/Balcony, BEST Planter, BEST Wildlife Garden, BEST Front Garden, BEST Street, BEST Shopfront??
Judging will take place mid-August.

 

 

3 June 2014


This year's judging day for Royal Tunbridge Wells will be on Wednesday 16th July 2014 (category 'Large Town' in South & Southeast in Bloom)

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom (local competition) and South and South East in Bloom award dates and venues are also confirmed:
RTW in Bloom – 30th September 2014 – Assembly Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells
S & SEIB – 17th September 2014 – Amex Stadium, Brighton

 

 

24 April 2014


South and South East in Bloom Entries 2014 are published:

Royal Tunbridge Wells - as a 'Large Town' - will compete this year with:
Alton, East Grinstead, Hailsham, Farnham, Faversham, Ferndown, Haywards Heath, Ryde, Sittingbourne.

Dunorlan Park participates again in the category 'Large Park'.

All this year's entries in the various categories
(e.g. Small City, Large Town, Town, Village/Town Centre, Small Town, Coastal, Urban Community, Large Village, Village, Small Village, It's your Neighbourhood, Small Park, Park, Large Park, Country Park, Small Conservation Area, Conservation Area, Large Conservation Area, Business Landscape, Heritage Parks and Gardens, Churchyards, Small Cemetery, Cemetery, Large Cemetery)
come to a staggering total of 400!

 

 

11 April 2014


The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Launch :
Friday 11 April 2014 at the Precinct



Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom (KM/2014)
KM/2014

 

 

18 March 2014


"Bloom 2014 is under way"
You can use your own ideas or join in with the town's three themes for 2014:
1st theme:
"Commemorating the First World War"
2nd theme:
"Bees" and the importance of encouraging them to thrive
3rd theme:
RHS celebrates "Britain in Bloom's 50th Anniversary" with gold and yellow flowers

"IT’S THAT BLOOMING TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!"
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine - Spring 2014

 

 

4 February 2014


The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Launch dates are confirmed:
Friday 11 April 2014 at the Precinct
Saturday 12 April 2014 at The Pantiles.

 

 

28 January 2014


The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Campaign has now been incorporated into the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Corporate Plan. The aim is to embed the campaign as part of "Love Where We Live" and to get the Town, Council and residents thinking and planning what they can do to help promote this and to be proud of their town and the Blooms achievements.

 

 

 

 

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12 October 2013


Britain in Bloom
Royal Tunbridge Wells was invited to enter the National Competition in 2013 and achieved a Silver Medal.
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Britain in Bloom Finalist 2013

 

 

12 September 2013


The winners for Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom
Competition results for 'RTW in Bloom 2013'

 

 

11 September 2013


South & South East in Bloom
Royal Tunbridge Wells achieved Gold in 2013 (Silver Gilt in 2012)
Dunorlan Park won Gold,
Oakley School was awarded Gold.
Additionally Royal Tunbridge Wells won BEST TOWN in Kent.

 

 

6 August 2013


The winners for SOUTH & SOUTH EAST IN BLOOM will be announced on 11 September 2013; the awards ceremony will be held at the Assembly Hall in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The winners for BRITAIN IN BLOOM will be announced in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, on 12 October 2013.

 

 

2 August 2013


Kent and Sussex Courier -
Judges impressed by the sight of town in full bloom
Royal Tunbridge Wells makes final of prestigious national competition.
Judges of Britain in Bloom are in Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

 

29 July 2013


Judging of BRTIAIN IN BLOOM - Royal Tunbridge Wells is amongst the finalists in the category 'Large Town' (other finalists: Alton, Biddulph, Coleraine, Colne, Colwyn Bay, Glenrothes, Market Harborough, Ripon, St. Helier, Wisbech)
The 'Bloom Tour' in Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

 

19 July 2013


Roger Kasper of Kent and Sussex Courier -
Let's dig deep so town (Royal Tunbridge Wells) wins contest again
After two years of triumph, Tunbridge Wells is bidding to make it a hat-trick of wins in the South and South East In Bloom competition.
Judges of South & South East in Bloom are in Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

 

15 July 2013


Following last year's successes (achieving a Gold Award for the Town Royal Tunbridge Wells AND Dunorlan Park) Royal Tunbridge Wells will welcome the judges for "SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST IN BLOOM" again on Friday 12 July 2013. Additionally the judges for "BRITAIN IN BLOOM" will come on Monday 29 July 2013. A portfolio demonstrating the horticultural achievemnts, the efforts in our environment and community involvement was submitted.

Oakley School, Pembury Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, won Gold in South and South East in Bloom.

 

 

24 June 2013


"Ready, steady, grow"
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine

 

 

16 June 2013


Royal Tunbridge Wells and South and South East in Bloom competition
Royal Tunbridge Wells Town and Dunorlan Park are being judged in the South and South East in Bloom competition on Friday 12th July 2013 and we have been busy making final preparations including the compilation of a Portfolio to showcase our efforts!
South and South East in Bloom Portfolio 2013 - Royal Tunbrdige Wells

South and South East in Bloom Portfolio 2013 - Dunorlan Park in Royal Tunbrdige Wells

 

 

7 June 2013


Mary Haris of Kent and Sussex Courier -
Tunbridge Wells gears up for Britain in Bloom
Flower power is on the agenda in Tunbridge Wells this year as the town is entering Britain in Bloom – a major contest celebrating the best communities in the country.
Royal Tunbridge Wells and Britian in Bloom competition

 

 

April 2013


2013 Britain in Bloom – UK finalists announced
The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) is delighted to announce this year’s 78 Britain in Bloom finalist communities.
These villages, towns (including ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS) cities and urban communities so impressed their regional judges in 2012 that they have been nominated to take part in the 2013 RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals. RHS Britain in Bloom represents the best of community gardening in the UK, with participants working together to care for their local environment, motivate people to get involved and plant up public spaces.
RHS Britain in Bloom and It's Your Neighbourhood Awards

 

 

January 2013


2013 Awards Ceremonies
Royal Tunbridge Wells will host the "South & South East in Bloom" awards on 11th September 2013 and "Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom" awards on 12th September 2013; both events will be held at the Assembly Hall.

 

 

January 2013


2013 Launch of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom
Friday 19 April and Saturday 20 April 2013 (11 am - 3 pm) in the Precinct/Calverley Road (Royal Victoria Place)

 

 

January 2013


Britain in Bloom Finals - here we come!
We are accepted in the National Finals in 2013!
Judging will be in the first 2 weeks of August 2013, so about 3 weeks after the Regional Judging (South & South East in Bloom).

 

 

 

 

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13 December 2012


"What a year for Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom"
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL magazine

 

 

28 September 2012


The Awards Presentation for the 'Best' categories (basket, planter, front patio/balcony, front garden, wildlife garden, allotment, cafe/pub/club, shop front, street) took place at Salomons on Friday 28 September 2012.
Gold / Silver / Bronze Winners 2012 - Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom
RTW in Bloom entries 2012

 

 

19 September 2012


Royal Tunbridge Wells and the South & South East in Bloom Awards Ceremony 2012 in Farnham, Hampshire, Thursday 13 September 2012.
GOLD awards for Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

 

17 September 2012


Tunbridge Wells triumph in Bloom awards

Royal Tunbridge Wells has beaten all other large towns to scoop the South and South East in Bloom's Gold award.
Dunorlan Park secured gold for the best large park.
While Oakley School on Pembury Road won gold in the 'schools in bloom' category.
The final award given to the town was 'Best in Kent' across all categories.

Borough Councillor Ronen Basu, chairman of the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom committee, said: "It is wonderful for the town to have been given these awards and confirms what people tell me when they say they think the town looks very beautiful. This is a prestigious competition and we should be very proud of our achievements."
The bloom group in Tunbridge Wells has planted the troughs in Calverley Road precinct and organised community projects including hedge laying, spring cleans, a competition for residents and conservation work.
The volunteers, staff and councillors were praised for their "hard work and support" by Council tourism and leisure chief, Councillor Jane March.
(— This is Kent / The Courier)

 

 

13 September 2012


Royal Tunbridge Wells participates in South & South East in Bloom 2012.
Royal Tunbridge Wells won Gold in the category "Large Town", received Gold for Dunorlan Park (category "Large Parks") and the town Royal Tunbridge Wells is the Kent County Winner!
South and South East in Bloom 2012

 

 

10 September 2012


The Awards Presentation for the 'Best' categories (basket, planter, front patio/balcony, front garden, wildlife garden, allotment, cafe/pub/club, shop front, street) will take place at Salomons on Friday 28 September 2012.

 

 

24 July 2012


Royal Tunbridge Wells, Mount Pleasant - We are getting rid of Grot Spots in a different way. Shop fronts are decorated with self-adhesive vinyl posters (photos by James Galpin).
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom and Shopfronts

 

 

20 July 2012


The Dunorlan Park Portfolio 2012 was submitted to the judges of 'South and South East in Bloom' on Monday 16 July and Friday 20 July.
South and South East in Bloom Portfolio 2012 - Dunorlan Park
The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Environmental Sustainability Plan for Parks and Open Spaces (including Green Waste Recycling) was presented, too.
Parks and Open Spaces - Environmental Sustainability Plan 2012

 

 

8 July 2012


Chris Britcher, editor of YOUR TUNBRIDGE WELLS (Kent News) -
Decision day for In Bloom
Organisers of this year's In Bloom competition will be keeping their fingers crossed next week (Friday 20 July), as the judges of the contest descend on the town. The town will be hoping to replicate last year's success when it won two top awards.
Are we once again in Bloom?

 

 

3 July 2012


Following last years successes (achieving a Gold Award for Dunorlan Park and Silver Gilt for best Town) Royal Tunbridge Wells will welcome the judges again on Friday 20 July 2012. A portfolio demonstrating the horticultural achievemnts, the efforts in our environment and community involvement was submitted.
South and South East in Bloom Portfolio 2012 - Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

 

29 June 2012


Judging of the 'BEST' Categories will take place in July. The competition results will be announced at Salomons on Friday 28 September 2012.

 

 

1 June 2012


The Friends of the Grove and Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom:
"Following the clearing of those beds around the play area we have been left with one bare bed [the other larger being the one turfed-over] with which we can do more-orless what we like. And, as part of ‘Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2012’ (royaltunbridgewellsinbloom.org.uk) the Friends of The Grove are inviting anyone who lives near or uses The Grove to come up with some ideas – favourite plants, favourite colours etc, and produce a planting plan [with our help] for this spare bed."
Grove - Newsletter Spring 2012

 

 

11 April 2012


The Competition is on! — Royal Tunbridge Wells (large town) is one of the entrants of "South and South East in Bloom 2012" S & SE in Bloom

 

 

5 April 2012


"Blooming Tunbridge Wells goes for Gold" — The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Campaign for 2012 has started in earnest and the team in this prestigious Olumpic year are GOING FOR GOLD (South and South East in Bloom).

 

 

29 March 2012


"Join community project to put splash of colour and civic pride back into town" — Chris Britcher of 'Your Tunbridge Wells' (Kentnews.co.uk) promotes again this year's project and its annual contests.

 

 

20 February 2012


The official launch of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2012 will take place in Calverley Ground, Royal Tunbridge Wells, on Thursday 29 March 2012, 12am.

 

 

 

 

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20 November 2011


Through co-ordination with Christine Davies Trinity Arts Centre organised a workshop at the theatre to promote the In-Bloom organisations and works. During the period 13.30 until 14.45, 16.05 until 16.45 children created 43 "Secret Gardens" and the event was visited by over 204 confirmed visitors.

The event for Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom was held in the gallery at Trinity on 20 November 2011 and photographs are available to view online by visiting the link.
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - Trinity Workshop for children

 

 

October 2011


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - Gold / Silver / Bronze Winners of 2011:
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - ENTRIES and LISTING OF WINNERS

 

 

25 September 2011


"Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom" and "South East in Bloom"
The town Royal Tunbridge Wells scoops silver,
Dunorlan Park scoops gold in regional awards

Royal Tunbridge Wells in regional awards
— Jenna Pudelek, kentnews.co.uk

 

 

7 September 2011


"Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom" entered in the "Large Town Category" in the competition "South and South East in Bloom" and achieved a High Silver Gilt and 2nd place!

At the Awards Ceremony (Wednesday 7 September 2011) the Chair of Judges acknowledged the gap in our entry of some 8 years and that to gain this level at our first time back in was no mean feat.

"Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom" also entered Dunorlan Park in the Best Large Park - a Gold medal was awarded.

All in all a fantastic result. All the long hours of many volunteers has paid dividends. It is great to be a small part of something that makes a real difference in the town!

Royal Tunbridge Wells - Certificate and
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Dunorlan Park Certificate

 

 

16 August 2011


Eight other towns in the group like "Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom" are competing against RTW in the "South & South East in Bloom 2011",
namely Alton in Bloom, Chichester in Bloom, East Grinstead in Bloom, Farnham in Bloom, Faversham in Bloom, Haywards Heath in Bloom, Ryde in Bloom, Sittingbourne in Bloom.
The awards presentation will take place on 7 September 2011.

 

 

19 July 2011


"Judges come to town to pass their verdict on floral displays"
— Jenna Pudelek, kentnews.co.uk

 

 

15 July 2011


The Mayor Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Thomas welcomed the South East in Bloom judges; the tour lasted three hours and ended at the Dunorlan Park Cafe.
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom

 

 

5 July 2011


South East in Bloom Competition: a portfolio was submitted and the judges, Linda Jones and Ken Fairview will visit Royal Tunbridge Wells on Friday 15 July 2011.
South East in Bloom Portfolio 2011 - Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

 

15 June 2011


Tunbridge Wells SO magazine looks at some of the stories making the headlines: "BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS" - "Town pride will be blossoming again this summer with the return of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom. The once popular competition was revived last year and was a great success, with residents and business pulling together to create a glorious floral spectacle. Containers, street flower baskets, barrier troughts and even roundabouts are set to boast fragrant displays as TW gears up for the contest. From schools to pubs, everyone is welcome to submit their beautiful basket, balcony, shop front or street. Anyone who would like to take part can pick up a leaftlet from Tunbridge Wells Gateway, before the closing date on June 27."

 

 

22 May 2011


Planting of the Pantiles tubs took place on Thursday 19 May 2011, at 11am and the children from Broadwater Down Primary School (last year's competition winner) came to help. The plants for the troughs (sponsored by Smalloads, Paddock Wood in 2010) were sponsored by The Rotary Club of the Pantiles and Tunbridge Wells Round Table.

Sunflower planting will take place at Trinity Gardens on Tuesday 24 May 2011, at 1.30pm. St John's Primary School children and some children from St Marks Primary School who have grown the plants will come along and some members of Inner Wheel will join to help them.

 

 

18 May 2011


Tunbridge Wells U3A (University of the Third Age) joins the campaign to encourage individuals to participate in the various competitions for 'Best' and bring back the sparkle to our town. — U3A Newsletter May 2010

 

 

14 May 2011


"MP Greg Clark launches Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2011"
— Jenna Pudelek, kentnews.co.uk

 

 

1 May 2011


"Sign up your open space to help make our town bloom"
— with Jenna Pudelek's community support in "Your Tunbridge Wells" / kentnews.co.uk Bloom is back for 2011.

 

 

21 April 2011


This year Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom takes part in the South & South East in Bloom competition. SSEIB is one of 17 independent regional campaigns which make up Britain in Bloom, Europe’s largest horticultural campaign. A portfolio has to be submitted by 25 June and judging day of the town will be 15 July 2011.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT for Saturday 14 May 2011


Two weeks earlier than last year, planting day (3-tier planters/wooden planters) in the Victoria Place Precinct will be Saturday 14 May 2011, 10am!

 

 

22 March 2011


Again this year, Salomons will host and cater for the awards presentation of the various "BEST" categories on Friday 30 September 2011, 3pm.
The SCHOOLS awards presentation will take place this year at Trinity on Wednesday 21 September 2011, 4pm.
Illuminations, Camden Road, will support the "SCHOOLS" competition awards.

 

 

21 March 2011 - SPRING Equinox


Primary School Competition Application Form 2011 is available;
Sutton supports the competition again by providing sunflower seeds and also some vegetable seeds.

 

 

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15 December 2010


Tunbridge Wells Borough Council LOCAL reports on "Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - Special Ceremony for sponsors, volunteers and organisers on Friday 15 October 2010" — LOCAL - Winter 2010

 

 

7 December 2010


Tunbridge Wells Borough Council saves £3 Million on the new (10 years) parks contract which accounts for a massive 190 hectares of precious open space, woodland, play and sports facilities in Tunbridge Wells.

During the negotiations the council also secured additional value through improved maintenance of all bowling greens and additional labour without further cost. This added resource can be deployed during the “off peak” period of January and February and will help to deliver the council aim of greater community engagement as part of the Big Society agenda. Local friends and community groups, such as Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom, will benefit from the extra help.

 

 

11 November 2010


Bloom 2011 and again supported by the Council !

 

 

5 November 2010


"Thank you for all the Flower Power" — BLOOMING WONDERFUL:
The “In Boom” gathering at the Town Hall in Royal Tunbridge Wells (15.10.2010) by the Kent & Sussex Courier chief reporter Mary Harris.

 

 

Bloom for the Winter and Spring 2011
24 October 2010

The Bloom Committee replanted the 6 large wooden troughs (sponsored in spring 2010) at The Pantiles with winter panies and yellow primula; Christopher Thomas provided the plants.
16 October 2010
The Bloom Committee and volunteers replanted the Victoria Place Precinct wooden planters and 3-tier displays with mixed coloured winter panies and primula; the Council's Parks Department provided the plants.

 

 

15 October 2010


A thank-you meeting took place in the Town Hall's Council Chambers, Royal Tunbridge Wells in attendance of the Mayor David Jukes, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Roy Bullock and the Chief Executive, William Benson.

"Let's go Bloom! - again in 2011" — produced by Katharina Mahler-Bech [and Daniel Bech], was presented by Mel Henley to sponsors, contributors, volunteers and press.

The Mayor David Jukes's welcoming speech was followed by the distribution of certificates to sponsors. The Bloom Committee asked for feedback.

 

 

9 October 2010


"Sponsors needed to help town blossom" — Jenna Pudelek of the Kent on Saturday & Sunday (KoS): "Now the hunt is on for sponsors to provide the financial backbone of the 2011 event and make it bigger and better than ever before. Next Friday 15 October 2010, a debriefing will be held in the borough council's chambers where organiser, participants and sponsors will begin discussions about next year's event."

 

 

24 September 2010 and 25 September 2010



Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom - for 2011
Cllr Roy Bullock, Leader of the Council, stated at the Awards Ceremonies that the Bloom Competition will be organised again in partnership with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in 2011!

 

 

25 September 2010



COMPETITION RESULTS of PRIMARY and SECONDARY SCHOOLS
announced at the Awards Presentation at the Corn Exchange on 25 Sep 2010:
Winner, Runner up and commendations:
Winners and list of all participating schools
Thanks to Targetfollow, at the Pantiles, hosting the event and providing refreshments.

 

 

24 September 2010



COMPETITION RESULTS of the 'BEST' CATEGORIES
announced at the Awards Presentation at Salomons on 24 September 2010:
1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and commendations:
Winners and list of all entrants for 'BEST' categories
Thanks to Salomons, Southborough, hosting the event in the Victorian Science Theatre and providing refreshments.

 

 

11 August 2010



ANNOUNCEMENT:
A Thank you & debriefing meeting will be held for Contributors, Donators, Organisers, Participants, Sponsors, Supporters and Volunteers in the Town Hall's Council Chambers on Friday 15 October 2010 16:00-18:00.
Thanks to Salamons, Southborough, hosting the event and providing refreshements.

 

 

9 August 2010



Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2010, the 'Best' Competition:
there were 50 participants: 12 front gardens - 5 front patios - 6 community gardens - 7 commercial gardens - 7 streets - 13 planters / baskets.

A big thank you to the judges walking around in the town!
— Cheryl Clark, Paul Cummins, Christine Davies, Mike McGeary, Barbara Simmons, Vickie Gorst, Ronen Basu, David Scully, Heather Wexham, Julie Padbury, Leslie Herriot.

 

 

24 July 2010



Judging of the nine participating Primary Schools took place on Monday 19 July and Tuesday 20 July 2010 (Christine Davies, Katharina Mahler-Bech, Christopher Thomas)

Awards Presentation (nominatation of the Winner and the Runner-up) for the Schools will be held at the Pantiles, Corn Exchange, on Saturday 25 September 2010 15:00.

 

 

3 July 2010



ANNOUNCEMENT:
As most volunteering judges for Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom have time in the week of 19 July 2010, the judging period is postponed.
(Orignally the judging period was announced between 5 July and 16 July.)

Awards Presentation for the 'Best' categories will take place at Salomons on Friday 24 September 2010 15:00.
(Orignally announced for Friday 17 September 2010.)

 

 

24 June 2010


REMINDER:
Monday 28 June 2010 is closing date for returning competition entry forms!!

 

 

17 June 2010

 

 

6 June 2010 and 7 June 2010


"Community spirit is blooming once again" — Jenna Pudelek of the Kent on Saturday & Sunday (KoS) reports about the planting day, 29 May 2010, in the Calverley Precinct of Royal Tunbridge Wells, in presence of the Mayor Cllr David Jukes and Mayoress Wendy Jukes.

 

 

26 May 2010


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Newsletter May 2010
- produced by Daniel Bech, printed by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT for Saturday 29 May 2010


The long awaited new planting of the Victoria Place Precinct planters will be happening!

 

 

22 May 2010


Today is Farmers Market at the Town Hall / Civic Way!
There are several stalls selling flowering plants, herbs, vegetable plants!

 

 

21 May 2010


In Bloom — what's happened at the Sherwood TN2 Community Centre, Lakeside, Greggs Wood Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells:
"Fred and Edna Edwards have orgainsed work parties to clear the land at the back of TN2, terrace it with railway sleepers, and replant. This major landsacaping work is nearly finished, with funding from TN2 Trust, Cllr Frank Williams and from their own pockets. They have received some free gifts like topsoil from a building site in the area to fill out the terraces. It complements the trellis work and flower/pot arrangements on the decking area to the back of TN2 and the seed beds/potato pots that line the rear garden wall."

 

 

16 May 2010


Several times postponed due to the cold spring:
today was planting of the edible landscaped triangle plot at the Town Hall, corner Monson Road / Civic Way.
. . . with enough sun and rain: the proposed Town Hall 'garden' .

 

 

11 May 2010


Watch out for Bloom Posters!
Arriva Bus 281, the town centre shuttle bus or shopper hopper, and Arriva Bus 277, the Sherwood shuttle bus, advertise "BLOOM".
Thanks to Katharina Mahler and Stuart Atkin, Arriva Bus Operations Manager Tunbridge Wells.

 

 

10 May 2010


Excellent News! — English Landscapes, the company maintaining the parks and grounds in Royal Tunbridge Wells, give free labour time and extra money to "BLOOM".

 

 

4 May 2010


TWBC press release "Bloom is back in Royal Tunbridge Wells" —
for the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's website and the general press

 

 

1 May 2010


Seedling and Seed Swap - on Saturday 8 May afternoon ((2-4pm).
Bring your spare seed and seedling and swap them with other people's!
Location: King George V Hill - Hilbert Recreation Ground Allotments
(this site is divided by a footpath which leads to the recreation ground);
meet just inside the main allotment gates.

 

 

26 April 2010


After having visited various shops at the Pantiles on 19 April 2010 (Daniel Bech and Ronen Basu), Imperial Pharmacy decides to assist "BLOOM" - particularly to brighten up the Pantiles with more floral displays. We are confident that an improved environment will have a positive impact on customers coming to the Pantiles.

 

 

16 April 2010


Under 'New Initiatives from your Conservative Council' on the leaflets for the Borough Council Elections on 6 May - "BLOOM" gets some extra publicity:
Bloom is back!
"Following a decision by Cabinet to allocate funding for the Tunbridge Wells in Bloom project, a small commmittee, chaired by Cllr Ronen Basu, has been working on the re-establishment of this much loved concept for the Town Centre. Meanwhile there is a fund of money available to Parish and Town Councils to assist in their participation with the Festival of Flowers."

 

 

14 April 2010


Woodbury Park Cemetery in Bloom — There are many snowdrops, primroses, scillas and wild cyclamens planted by the working parties of the Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery. But there is still plenty of room for many thousand more snowdrops if you care to bring along your own spare bulbs “in the green” and a trowel on a Saturday afternoon. These plantings are a part of the contribution to 'Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom'.

 

 

12 April 2010


With the support of Targetfollow at the Pantiles and designed by Daniel Bech, large A1 Bloom Posters will be displayed in A-boards and the Information Drums, spread around Royal Tunbridge Wells, to raise awareness for Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom among residents and businesses. Thanks to Sue Latham of TWBC for arranging the posters at the various points.

 

 

2 April 2010


"Planting seeds for competition win" — The Courier helps in the appeal to motivate primary schools wishing to participate in Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom; the awards presenation for schools will be held at the Pantiles on Saturday afternoon 25 September.

 

 

24 March 2010


Fresh off the press the Kent High Weald Partnership newsletter, packed full of what they have been up to recently and exciting new opportunities coming up including Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom!! — KHWP Newsletter Spring 2010

 

 

19 March 2010


"Bloom competition is back" — Mary Harris of The Courier reports on the flower power from youngsters and their assistant headteacher Gill Field who is coordinating the Secondary Schools Competition. Judging will take place in July and the awards presentation will be held together with the Primary School Competition awards at the Pantiles on Saturday 25 September 2010.

 

 

18 March 2010


Tunbridge Wells U3A (University of the Third Age) joins the campaign to encourage individuals to participate in the various competitions for 'Best' and bring back the sparkle to our town. — U3A Newsletter March 2010

 

 

17 March 2010


Christine Davies, coordinating the Primary Schools Competition, distributed sunflower seeds sponsored by Sutton Seeds. Judging will take place in July and the awards presentation will be held at the Pantiles' Corn Exchange, on Saturday 25 September 2010, 3pm. On 11 March, Daniel Bech agreed with Targetfollow to host the event and provide refreshments.

 

 

16 March 2010


Voluntary Action within Kent (VAWK) Community Newsletter March 2010 was distributed to over 600 community organisations via email.
A big thank you to VAWK! — VAWK Newsletter March 2010

 

 

15 March 2010


Small Loads Ltd from Paddock Wood agreed with Cllr Ronen Basu and Daniel Bech to deliver four of their large wooden planters to the Pantiles.

 

 

6 March 2010


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom! - Kent on Saturday (KoS) publishes Letters to the Editor Chris Britcher.

 

 

5 March 2010


The official launch of riviving Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom took place in the Town Hall's Council Chambers, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

"Let's go Bloom!" — produced by Daniel Bech, was presented by Mel Henley to contributors, press, sponsors, supporters, volunteers.

The Mayor Cllr Leonard Price's welcoming speech was followed by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Roy Bullock's address. The Mayoress Victoria Price and Katharina Mahler provided snacks, soft drinks and wine.

 

 

5 March 2010


Daniel Bech agreed with Matthew Salomonson, the General Manager of the Salomons, that Salomons will host and cater for the awards presentation of the various "BEST" categories on Friday 17 September 2010, 3pm.

 

 

1 March 2010


There are many ways to contribute, donate, sponsor, support, volunteer
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom!
This is the 2010 proposed planting of the Town Hall Triangle, Monson Road / Civic Way, Royal Tunbridge Wells by Transition Tunbridge Wells.

 

 

27 February 2010


"Town set to blossom as contest returns" — With Chris Britcher's community support in the Kent on Saturday (KoS) our PR and marketing is up and running.

 

 

26 February 2010


"Get your pots at the ready - bloom is back" — Thanks to Tunbridge Wells chief reporter Mary Harris & Ian Read, the editor of the Courier, our awareness campaign for the floral competition is progressing.

 

 

24 February 2010


At the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Full Council the Mayor Cllr Leonard Price promoted the revival of "Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom" to his fellow members requesting to raise awareness among their constituents and to attend the official launch on 5 March 2010.

 

22 February 2010


Photo shot at the Tunbridge Wells Garden Centre, Eridge Road, to mark the beginning of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom: 'Green-fingered Sponsors'

 

 

19 February 2010


Grateful for Kent High Weald's special support to raise awareness for Bloom:
"The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom competition is back for 2010 and will attempt to dazzle the community with stunning street flower baskets and revitalised roundabouts. The organisers will be working closely with local schools, communities and businesses for a wide variety of prizes including best front garden, best shop front or best pub/club/cafe!
This will not only improve local areas in Tunbridge Wells, it will inevitably boost community spirit and pride." — KHWP & RTW in Bloom

 

 

16 February 2010


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom
"I just wanted to say how delighted I was to hear that the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom competition is being brought back to life this year. It’s a great opportunity for communities and schools to get actively involved in improving their local environment.
I think this is a fantastic initiative and I very much look forward to seeing the final results as I’m walking around Royal Tunbridge Wells over the forthcoming months." — Greg Clark, MP Tunbridge Wells

 

 

3 February 2010


Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom is listed on the agenda of the Stronger Communites Sub-Group meeting of 'Tunbridge Wells Together' (Local Strategic Partnership). Stronger Communities Sub-Group members strongly support Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom.

 

 

2 February 2010


Thanks to Drew Davis, TWBC Publications Manager, our first batch of Poster-Flyers has gone to print.


The design for the flyer was chosen from a series of submissions by pupils of Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School; the competition entry form was added.

View all school entries


We have started in setting this web site up early, so that we have everything up and running by 5 March. So please forgive, if not everything is yet in its right place :)

 

 

HELP ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS IN BLOOM HAPPEN

  • spread the word
  • get a flyer at the GATEWAY
  • put a poster in your window
  • enter the competition
  • form a local group
  • offer your help
  • sponsor Bloom
  • and mainly — START PLANTING!