East Midlands in Bloom is an annual competition organised by the EMIB Regional Committee, and is one of the 18 regions/nations which comprise ‘Britain in Bloom‘, the campaign organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
It is a voluntary, non profit making organisation and covers the six counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. It has been running for over 30 years.
The aim of the competition is to encourage the improvement of our surroundings through the imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping. It also aims to achieve a litter free and sustainable environment. This links directly to the three RHS core pillars of excellence which are Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation.
It has a dedicated team of experienced committee members and judges, most of whom are horticulturally qualified and members of the RHS who give their time voluntarily for advice to entrants and judging. East Midlands in Bloom has two main events of the year which include a Workshop/Seminar during February, to which anyone who is interested is eligible to attend.
The second event is the Presentation of Awards held in September to which representatives of all entries are invited to receive their awards. Any interested party can request a free advisory visit for their community from one of their Bloom Team.
A number of regional winners will be invited to represent East Midlands in Bloom in the UK National Finals. They will compete against the winners from 11 other English regions together with Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.
More than 3,000 groups participate each year to help improve their local villages, towns and cities. Benefits include cleaner, greener and safer surroundings, a growing sense of community pride, increased commercial enterprise and tourism.
What kind of things does Darley Dale In Bloom do?
Activities are selected to meet our local needs, but include:
- Caring for local parks and squares
- Helping to establish school gardens, run wildlife projects and school food-growing initiatives
- Planting trees and bulbs and creating floral displays in community spaces
- Organising clean-up events, repairing street benches and running anti-litter campaigns
- Regenerating unused areas
- Creating wildflower meadows and maintaining conservation areas
- Encouraging people to adopt environmentally-aware activities such as recycling, composting and water harvesting