Firstly the good news in 2021 is that everyone in Stratford upon Avon is included in our competitions, with Prizes going to the overall winner in three categories, Schools, Front Gardens and Businesses. In addition there will be an award for the best "Wildlife Friendly" garden.
To bring the whole town together we hope everyone will be able to join us in using PINK in any or all its hues, in front gardens, pots, troughs or hanging baskets.images here
This year we are looking for riots of joyous colour based on a PINK theme, in traditional flower beds, borders, pots, troughs and hanging baskets. Flowers that make us smile, help us to all join in with Stratford in Bloom 2021 and are good for wildlife.
The Town Councilors will, once again, tour their wards noting and photographing the most joyous splashes of PINK, taking photos and choosing those with most impact.
As we cannot have our usual prize giving this year to celebrate all the efforts to make Stratford glow with colour and buzz with insect life, gardeners will receive a Stratford-in-Bloom green plaque with the overall winner receiving a £250 garden voucher from Blenheim Nurseries and a winners plaque.
Photographs of the gardens and pots will be shared, anonymously, on our Social Media sites and in The Herald. The winner will be featured in a September Herald edition.
We hope everyone will be able to join in the riot of PINK floral Colour this year.
Stratford-in-Bloom is working with Stratforward BiDs this year and based on a theme of PINK we would like to bring colour to our town Centre shops, Bed and Breakfasts and Public Houses around the town.
Once more it is hanging baskets, troughs and most importantly this year, pots. We hope everyone will be able to have a pot of PINK flowers by the door, to be taken in at night for safety, or proudly shown as part of your window displays during the summer.
Photographs will be taken and the most colorful business in each sub category, from: B+B's, Town shops, Hotels, pubs and restaurants, will receive a plaque and for the best overall display. The overall winner, selected from the sub group winners, will win a half page advertising space in the Herald.
The Schools theme for 2021 is “Rewilding”. Winners will receive a a Stratford-in-Bloom green plaque plus prize books and seeds to the value of £75. Winner will be featured in a September Herald edition.
Rewilding is a conservation approach whereby human actions are minimised and natural habitats are allowed to recover and become more healthy and biodiverse. In a garden setting, this needn't mean downing tools completely but it may involve approaches such as 'letting the wild edges in'. For example, some plants considered to be ‘weeds' are in fact beautiful and beneficial in their own right, providing food for insects, birds, mammals and even helping other plants – everything is connected. Vegetables, fruits, herbs and of course plants you already have can be included.
The theme is "Wildlife Friendly" - Plenty of advice is available on the Web.
Schools - "Friends of the Earth" prize – (for best Wildlife Friendly and Bee Friendly school) £50
Front Gardens - "Friends of the Earth" prize – (for best Wildlife Friendly and Bee Friendly front garden) £50
– Plus an "Organic Gardens" webinar course (value £35), as a prize donated by Garden Organics.
- a free place on one of their webinars https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/events