Stratford-upon-Avon awards and an activity packed day for Stratford-upon-Avon in Bloom.



On Saturday 1st October, Stratford-upon-Avon in Bloom had its most activity packed day of the year.  We ran a market stall (thanks to Stratforward BiD), with raffle (special thanks to Morrison’s for their donated prizes), at the packed Stratford Food Festival, and took part in the Great Big Green Week in the afternoon at the Stratford Methodist Church. Our very own Judith Conroy, researcher at Coventry University, Centre for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience, drew a crowd of over 40 people to hear her talk entitled, “Greener Gardening - Planet Friendly Gardening Tips”. Judith gave us hints and tips on growing in harmony with nature.

This was all followed by our Stratford-upon-Avon in Bloom garden, businesses, community gardens, public houses, B+B and school awards.  The theme for 2022 was for the late Queen’s Jubilee, promoting flowers of red, white and blue. The judges were looking for “beautiful vibrant colours in eco-friendly gardens that benefit both people & the planet”. The awards were well attended, with thanks to all the hard work of the Stratford-upon-Avon in Bloom Committee and grateful thanks to Her Honour the Mayor, Gill Cleeve, for presenting the awards.

Please click here for competition winner list

Stratford in Bloom's 2023 Competitions

Everyone in Stratford upon Avon is included in our competitions, with Prizes going to winners in three main categories, Schools, Front Gardens and businesses. There will also be an award for the best Wildlife Friendly garden.

Whether you have a large or small front garden, window boxes, pots or hanging baskets or you might be Guest house, Hotel or Public house. Town Businesses, Shops, Restaurants, Cafés and Tea rooms are all included in our judging.

The theme for this year is bright and vividly colourful with flowers and plants that are good for our bees and wildlife.


Front Garden Competition

The Town Councillors will be touring their wards noting the most vivid splashes of colour, taking
photos and choosing those with most impact. We are looking for good use of space with that WOW factor.

Judging takes place between 26 th June - 9 th July.

School's Competition

'Gardening for the Planet and the Pocket'

This year we are asking Schools and Nurseries to spend only time on their garden, not money.
Gardening that is good for the health of planet Earth normally means gardening that is easy on the finances too. Most of the things you can buy for the garden, such as containers, fertilisers and even new plants have a significant carbon footprint and there are lots of fun ways to avoid them whilst still creating a beautiful space.

Judging will happen at the beginning of July and the winners will be announced shortly after. Hopefully everyone will enjoy following the brief.


We hope that businesses will take part with baskets, troughs and window boxes with a riot of
colour! Whether you are a shop, B&B, Public House, Tea room or Cafe, we would love to see our town a riot of colour!

Judging takes place at the beginning of July.

All winners across the categories will receive a winners plaque.