Oxford in Bloom 2016 launches

Published: Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

All experienced or novice gardeners are being sought to enter Oxford in Bloom 2016.

The competition, in its 31st year, is free to enter and is open to everyone who lives and works in the city.

Trophies, certificates and prizes of up to £100* are all up for grabs and will be awarded at the Oxford in Bloom presentation evening in September.

Whether you tend to your garden all year round, are starting to pot up a planter, or have a shared space that you want to improve there is a category to suit everyone.

The categories are:

  • Best Kept Small Garden – sponsored by Breckon & Breckon
  • Best Kept Large Garden – sponsored by Breckon & Breckon Most
  • Beautiful Container – sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries
  • Most Beautiful Display by Universities and Colleges
  • Therapy Garden (previously gardening for disabled and community therapy garden)
  • Community Garden Award
  • Best Large Business in Bloom  
  • Best Small Business in Bloom
  • Junior Oxford in Bloom – individual
  • Junior Oxford in Bloom – school or youth group
  • First Time Entrant

Michelle Legg, Oxford City Council Green Space Development Officer, said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, watch our homes, businesses and communities spring into flower, and provide a colourful backdrop to our everyday lives.”

To enter, visit our Oxford in Bloom page or pick up an application form from the City Council offices in Templars Square Shopping Centre.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 4 July for schools and nurseries, and Monday 11 July for all other categories. Judging will take place in July and August.

For more information, please contact Michelle Legg on 01865 252016 or mlegg@oxford.gov.uk, or visit our Oxford in Bloom page.

*applies to residential, community and junior categories only.