Judging Criteria

Population Figures for classes 1-8 must include an accurate and up to date population figure as per the Electoral Roll. Wales in Bloom reserve the right to change your category should we find the information inaccurate. Please note the figure should be for the total entry town or village not just the areas being judged.

You should provide the judge with an itinerary to follow on the day of the visit. A simple portfolio can also be provided, or a short presentation on the year’s events prior to the visit.

Judging Timings for the different categories are in the attached document.  Please CLICK HERE

Judging Criteria / Marking Sheets
Classes 1-11 and Class 14
Class 12 - Hotels, Guest Houses, Public Houses & Restaurants
Class 13 - Caravans Static or Touring, Camping & Holiday Home Sites
Class 15 - School Garden
Class 16 - Health & Social Care Establishments
Class 17 - Allotments

It's Your Neighbourhood Assessment Form

Classes 1-8 Guidelines
Quality Floral Displays, standards of maintenance; including grass cutting, evidence of Spring Displays will be considered. Permanent Landscaping, including Shrubs and trees, Local Agenda 21 & sustainable developments in this section.

Innovative ideas impacting on different areas of the community effort will gain marks. Local Environmental Quality, Absence of litter, graffiti, Dog Fouling, Fly Posting, Weeds and other factors may also be taken into account.

Classes 9 and 10 are judged on slightly different criteria, and no presentation, simple portfolio or itinerary is required on the day.

 Class 9 - Urban Community  
It must be an identifiable Community within a larger conurbation, Town or City. It must have its own identity and ideally have a group dedicated to leading the ‘In Bloom’ initiative locally. An Urban Community will have its own sense of purpose and may set its own precept. Whilst there will be horticultural interest, importance will also be attached to community and business support, heritage, and environmental aspects of the area. The presence of Friends and other action groups will be of importance.

Class 14 – City and Town Centre  
This category will have a new criteria which will take account of business, public and local authority support within a large Town or City Centre within a 1km radius of a known central point. Community and local support will be important in the assessment process, and the criteria will be adjusted accordingly to take account of the different factors within the area designated. Environmental, heritage, landscape and horticultural elements will also be considered.

Class 15 – School Garden   
Gardens should form part of the School Curriculum, and ethos.  Ideally they should contain elements that are of Environmental interest, Conservation, and the use of recycled material where possible.  Vegetable and fruit growing will be of interest, but not essential.  Elements such as wildflower areas, ponds, bug hotels, bird boxes and signage, and wild areas for fauna will all receive consideration.  Outdoor learning areas will also be of importance.