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Birmingham In Bloom 2022

We are excited to announce the Birmingham In Bloom competition for council tenants and leaseholders is back this year. After being suspended last year due to the pandemic, the competition will be bigger and better this year.

There is no better time for you green-fingered tenants to get gardening and growing vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes.

Can you think of any volunteers in your area who have gone the extra mile to help others in their communities? Fill out the entry form below to nominate someone you know.

Lots of great prizes are up for grabs, and winners will be chosen across the city and in each of the 10 constituencies.

In bloom categories:

  • Best front garden - For tenants and leaseholders who have created a beautiful front garden with a variety of plants, special features, design and layout.
  • Best back garden - For tenants and leaseholders who have created a beautiful back garden with a variety of plants, special features, design and layout.
  • Best balcony, window box, baskets or pots - For tenants and leaseholders that have used window boxes, baskets or pots to utilise their space and create a visual display of colour, creative with design and layout. This may be on their balcony, or as part of their garden.
  • Best communal garden - For gardens that are shared by a council estate, multi-storey block of flats, or sheltered scheme which is vibrant and has improved the neighbourhood.
  • Best vegetable patch/container or greenhouse - For tenants or leaseholders who grow fruits and vegetables to showcase the sustainability of food growing, and its benefits for health and wellbeing.

Neighbourhood categories:

  • Young neighbour award (under 25s) - This award is for a young person who is the pride of their neighbourhood. Someone who has overcome adversity and succeeded, either in personal accomplishments or through giving back to their community.
  • Good neighbour award - Awarded to a tenant or leaseholder who has given back to their community, either as a volunteer (such as an HLB member, Block inspector, RA member, etc.) or a neighbour who goes above and beyond to give a helping hand to those around them.
  • Tenant led group of the year - This is awarded to groups with a majority of tenant members (including Housing Liaison Boards, Tenant Halls, TMOs, Tenants and Residents Associations (funded via Housing) that work to improve their area by making estate improvements or undertaking litter picks, putting on activities for local people, providing services to the community or running their local community centre.
  • Safer streets and open spaces communities award - This award recognises the achievements of individuals, residents and community groups that have been created to keep people safe, prevent crime and support victims of crime. An example of this could be a local community coming together to bring life to their local open space by creating a community garden for recreational activities, nature conservation to enjoy nature safely or to enable nature connectedness for their wellbeing.
  • Supporting engagement award - This award is an opportunity for tenants and leaseholders to nominate a member of BCC staff working in the neighbourhood, who puts tenants at the heart of what they do. *Please note only nominations from tenants and leaseholders will be accepted for this category.

Enter online

Closing date for entries:

  • In bloom categories: 29 July 2022
  • Neighbourhood recognition categories: 31 August 2022

The Overall City Winners will be announced and will be visited by a professional photographer in September 2022, with the award ceremony to take place in the Autumn.

If you haven’t received a response, it means you haven’t been successful at this time.

Terms and conditions:

  • Winners must be prepared to be photographed. Pictures may be used in conjunction with future marketing promotions.
  • Where outstanding debts are owed to Birmingham City Council, prizes awarded will be used to help clear outstanding balances.
  • Prizes shall be awarded at the discretion of the council. If it considers any entrant has acted inappropriately, the council reserves the right to refuse to award any prizes.
  • Displays of plant boxes/pots/baskets should be kept on own balcony. Displays are not permitted in shared open deck walkways because these areas are fire escape routes. Tenants should ensure anything on a window ledge or balcony which could be a danger to anyone living in the property or in the local area is kept within the confines of the balcony itself. (Please refer to Conditions of Tenancy Agreement Section 9 - Health and Safety Clause 9.1.14).
  • We will only accept ONE category entry per household. Multiple entries will ONLY be awarded ONE monetary prize.
  • The competition prizes of gift cards, seeds and gardening tools are subject to availability.
  • There is no cash alternative offered to winners, and the prize is not transferable.
  • We reserve the right to substitute the prize with one of the same value.

View the first issue of the Birmingham In Bloom newsletter

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