Birmingham in Bloom and Neighbourhood Recognition Awards 2023

We are delighted to announce that the Birmingham in Bloom and Neighbourhood Recognition competitions are now open for 2023 entrants.

This is an exciting time for all you green fingered tenants to get gardening. Whether you’re planting containers or hanging baskets and from shrubs to vegetables whatever you choose to grow and nurture now is your time to shine.

Do you know of a volunteer in your area who has gone the extra mile to help others in their communities? If you want to nominate someone you know, complete the Neighbourhood category entrant form.

There are lots of great prizes on offer with winners chosen from each of the 10 constituencies as well as citywide gold winners.

Birmingham in Bloom categories:

  • Best front garden - For tenants and leaseholders who have cultivated a beautiful front garden. The goal of this category is to find a display with the most impact: a variety of flowers, plants, special features, design and layout.
  • Best back garden - For tenants and leaseholders who have cultivated a beautiful back garden. The goal of this category is to find a display with the most impact: a variety of flowers, plants, special features, design and layout.
  • Best mini marvel - This is a new category for 2023 for tenants and leaseholders who have used window boxes, baskets, or pots to effectively utilise their space and create a visual display of colour, creatively with design and layout in a miniature space. 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.
  • Most improved garden - This is a new category for 2023 open to all tenants and leaseholders who have improved and/or transformed their front or back garden. Entrants will need to show their before and after transformation in the entry submission.
  • Best vegetable patch/container or greenhouse - For tenants or leaseholders who grow fruits and vegetables on their property. The goal of this category is to showcase the sustainability of food growing and its benefits for health and wellbeing.

Neighbourhood Recognition 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.
  • Resident-led group of the year - This is awarded to resident led groups (including Housing Liaison Boards, Tenant Halls, Tenant Management organisations, Tenants and Residents Associations 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. To enter this category the resident led groups need to have BCC housing tenants as active members.
  • 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. We will also accept nominations from partner organisations such as West Midlands Police.
  • 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. *Note only nominations from tenants and leaseholders will be accepted for this category.
  • Housing heroes award - Another new award for 2023 to recognise tenants and leaseholders who have championed Housing and/or supported other residents in their neighbourhood to improve relationships within the community. This could include working effectively with partner organisations or directly with Birmingham City Council to ensure that tenant voices are heard.

Complete this form to enter the awards

Closing date for entries:

  • Birmingham in Bloom categories: 31 August 2023
  • Neighbourhood recognition categories: 31 August 2023

The award ceremony to take place on 8 November 2023.If you haven’t received a response, it means you haven’t been successful at this time, however we would like to thank you for your entry.

Celebrating our 2022 winners

Birmingham in Bloom Award Winners 2022

Overall City Gold Winners

  • Best Front Garden, Mr Qurban Hussain, Hodge Hill district
  • Best Back Garden, Derek and Sandra Taylor, Northfield district
  • Best Balcony, Window Box, Baskets or Pots, Josephine Allen, Sutton district
  • Best Communal Garden, Civic Close, Ladywood district
  • Best Vegetable Patch/Container or Greenhouse, Rosemount Sheltered Scheme, Edgbaston district
  • Good Neighbour Award, Bill Goodwin, Northfield district
  • Supporting Engagement Award, Anthony Daley, Northfield district
  • Tenant Led Group Award, Finsbury Grove Resident Group, Erdington district


Page last updated: 6 June 2023

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