We are proud of Bournemouth and its horticultural heritage, being a beautiful town to both live and work in. Bournemouth in Bloom has been running for over 30 years and we have achieved great successes in local, regional and national competitions. Many of us spend endless hours nurturing our plants, tending our lawns and gardens, patios or hanging baskets. We do that both for the personal pleasure we get, as well as the joy and satisfaction to be gained from creating an environmental habitat that encourages the wild birds and animals into your own back gardens.

Nursing and Residential Homes, Warden assisted homes and other community establishments, all appreciate the benefits to their residents and visitors, through the creation of a more colourful and interesting environment. Commercial establishments, especially in the Hospitality sector, also appreciate the benefit in making the effort to florally enhance their premises. And in the Public Sector, our children benefit through projects in their schools – after all, they are our future.


According to our Constitution, the scope of Bournemouth in Bloom is

  1. To bring about a greater awareness of the values of the natural environment for the local and visiting communities.
  2. To encourage all segments of local society to enhance the natural beauty of gardens and premises, by means of new or additional horticultural planting initiatives.
  3. To promote and encourage ideas and initiatives allied to the cause of maintaining a high quality of environmental life.

At the AGM of March 2, 2017 we adopted our updated Constitution. You can read it here.

Our 2018 Yearbook

It contains lots of info regarding our 2018 activities. You can download it by clicking here.

Meet the Committee

Our Committee Members are:

Photo of Mr David Bassil
Mr David Bassil
Show Manager & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Pam Bassil
Mrs Pam Bassil
Trophy Custodian Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Janice Cozens
Mrs Janice Cozens
Committee Member Bournemouth in Bloom, Moordown in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Sue Gravgaard
Mrs Sue Gravgaard
Publicity / Promotion & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mr Richard Anthony Drake Howard
Mr Richard Anthony Drake Howard
Treasurer Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Cllr Jane Kelly (Boscombe West Ward)
Cllr Jane Kelly (Boscombe West Ward)
Bournemouth Borough Council Representative Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Beryl Parker BCAv
Mrs Beryl Parker BCAv
Secretary & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Frances Sim
Mrs Frances Sim
Minutes Secretary & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Penny Slade BEM
Mrs Penny Slade BEM
Schools’ Co-ordinator & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Sue Slade
Mrs Sue Slade
Committee Member Bournemouth in Bloom & Winton Traders Association
Photo of Mrs Winnie Thomas
Mrs Winnie Thomas
Committee Member & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom, Westbourne in Bloom
Photo of Mr Peter Whiting
Mr Peter Whiting
Horticultural Director & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mr Brian Williams
Mr Brian Williams
Vice Chairman & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom
Photo of Mrs Margaret Williams
Mrs Margaret Williams
Committee Member & Judge Bournemouth in Bloom



To read the minutes from our Committee’s meetings, please click here.

A message from our Chairman

Revd. Christopher Colledge BCAc, Chairman of Bournemouth in Bloom
Revd. Christopher Colledge BCAc, Chairman of Bournemouth in Bloom

I have always been passionate about horticulture and the value of bringing nature’s beauty into an urban context. Inspired by my regular visits to both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows over many years, I’ve always tried to think of ideas we could implement locally. We are blessed to live in a town which has a significant amount of parkland and comprehensive arboriculture cover. The promotion of initiatives to enhance horticultural beauty, which is an integral part of our town and contributes enormously to its attraction both for residents and visitors, is one of my top-of-the-list priorities.

My relevant experience has included planting for many years. One of the past creations I am particularly proud of is the creation of a “Sensory Garden” for people with special needs, especially those with dual sensory loss of being deaf and blind. I worked with the Royal Association for Deaf People in London and was a Member of the Ealing in Bloom Committee. As well as an award winner personally of Ealing and London in Bloom, I was also an award winner of the Croydon in Bloom 2008 Competition and Vice Chairman of South Norwood Allotment Committee.

Bournemouth has an achievement of Horticultural Excellence with its Gold winning record and admiration from the rest of Great Britain.

I will certainly be wanting to actively support our outstanding Bournemouth Parks Team, Communities, Schools and Young People who are the horticulturists of tomorrow, in every way possible. The launch of the new Bournemouth in Bloom Website is something which I am sure will assist in bringing all together and assist in achieving this, so I invite you to register with us and actively participate in it by commenting in our news articles.

Thank you for everything you do to make Bournemouth Borough the most beautiful place, I believe, in the world to live.

Best regards,

The Reverend Christopher Colledge BCAc
Bournemouth in Bloom