Since its formation in 1989, the community-based Spelthorne in Bloom Campaign has helped to brighten up the Borough, improve the environment and given everyone the chance to be involved in a local competition.

South and South East in Bloom

Spelthorne in Bloom has enjoyed consistent success in the South and South East in Bloom Competition. In 1996, Stanwell won the Britain in Bloom 'Urban Community' Competition. Be inspired and set up a litter picking campaign, tidy up a waste area near you or help on local environmental care projects.

The Britain in Bloom competition

This is a nationwide campaign organised by the Tidy Britain Group in conjunction with the RHS. The aim is to encourage people to make their cities, town and villages as attractive as possible by the imaginative and decorative use of flowers, including the screening and "greening" of commercial/industrial areas.

Enter Spelthorne in Bloom

The Annual Competition is run by the Spelthorne In Bloom Committee and is free for all residents, businesses, schools, churches and licensed premises within the Spelthorne Borough boundary to enter.

Judging takes place from early July through August in the following categories:

  • Best new entrant - sponsored by SITA Surrey
  • Best kept front garden - sponsored by Notcutts Garden Centre
  • Best contribution made by a school - sponsored by Elmsleigh Centre
  • Best schools' 'grow your own' - sponsored by Lotus Landscapes Ltd
  • Best kept public house display - sponsored by Surrey Advertiser
  • Best kept community garden (garden in a residential development) - sponsored by Shepperton and Sunbury Rotary Club
  • Best kept public building (building used by members of public) - sponsored by Pinewood, Shepperton Studios
  • Best hanging basket (non-commercial) - sponsored by Two Rivers
  • Best war memorial - sponsored by Burma Star Association
  • Best kept place of worship - sponsored by Grange Farm, Shepperton
  • Best riverside garden - sponsored by Squires Garden Centre


The judges award marks under the following three main headings:

  • the impact of colour and use of colour combinations
  • the standard of cultivation and cleanliness
  • the overall impression of the garden, shop etc

For the front garden competition, the judges would expect to find at least four of the following:

  • shrubs, tree, climbers and roses - the judges will be looking for healthy plants, well pruned or trained
  • lawns, which are well cut, trimmed and free of weed
  • containers, pots, window boxes and hanging baskets containing shrubs or seasonal flowers
  • walls, hedges, paths and fences should be in good condition, well clipped or painted
  • the quality of annuals and perennials
  • special features, such as statues, rock garden, or fountains
  • floral displays

Private front gardens and property

Make a very special effort to present your garden, balcony or basket displays to their very best.

Commercial organisations

You can put hanging baskets or window boxes outside your premises or sponsor a floral display outside or near to your workplace.


Encourage children to take an interest in their local environment by tree and bulb planting and keeping the school grounds litter free. Enter the best contribution made by a school or best schools' 'grow your own' competition.


The Committee needs the backing and support of the whole community including Chambers of Commerce, Women's Institutes, Horticultural Societies, schools, voluntary organisations, residents' groups, youth clubs, uniformed groups, churches and individuals.


You can help to brighten up your local environment with a beautiful floral display, filled with colourful plants. Spelthorne in Bloom will provide displays throughout town and village centres and maintain them all summer.

Please contact Neighbourhood Services if you would like to enter the Annual Borough Competition, information on the Children's Poster Competition or a form to sponsor a lamp post display (full £108 each or half £54 each).