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The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom campaign 2020

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom committee decided to cancel the main Bloom social events and to reduce the scale of the local gardening competition.

The following RTWiB activities/events has been cancelled or suspended:

  • launch events in April are cancelled
  • Monday volunteers sessions at Dunorlan Park are suspended
  • Kent High Weald Partnership (KHWP)  volunteering sessions are suspended
  • Volunteers Week celebration in June is cancelled
  • Open Gardens tour in June is cancelled
  • school garden competitions are cancelled
  • RTWiB awards ceremony in September – currently under review

KHWP are keeping up with social media platforms and are in contact with the volunteers; they will do any emergency works on the nature reserves as required. Please check their website and social media for updates.

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom competition

The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom gardening competition will continue but with much reduced format (please note that this decision will be revised accordingly to the government advice).

The garden competition will go ahead this summer but only for the residential entries that are visible from the street and do not require appointment arrangements. Unfortunately we cannot carry on with the competition for businesses and the Best Back Garden category this year. We anticipate carrying out the judging in July/August but this will be under review.

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2020 Competition categories:

  • Best Basket
  • Planter/Tub/Container
  • Best Street and Flats
  • Best Front Patio/ Balcony
  • Best Front Garden
  • Best Wildlife Garden
  • Best Allotments

We are still running the following competitions for children and adults:

Blooming Marvellous Photo Competition

This year’s theme of our photo competition is Trees of Tunbridge Wells. We invite children and adults alike to capture beauty of trees growing in our town and parks. Considering current situation we will accept photographs from previous years.  If you decide to have a stroll in a park to take photos, please respect the current government guidance on social distancing. Photographs can be taken in both landscape or portrait but we require high resolution. Please submit the photos in digital format on email by Friday 11th September. Maximum 3 pictures per person please. Please include the photographer’s name, age, title of the image and where was it taken in your email.

Weekly Photo Competition on RTW in Bloom social media (Facebook and Twitter)

Please post on our platforms your update on your garden, windowsill, basket or a pot. Every Friday we will select a winner.

Mighty Moths

Art competition for children. Moths are sometimes overlooked in wildlife gardening, compared to more iconic pollinators like butterflies and bees. They are a major part of our biodiversity and play vital roles in the ecosystem, affecting many other types of wildlife. They are also beautiful! Encourage children to explore various art media to create amazing Moths posters. Please scan/photo the artwork and email to stating child’s name and age. Closing date is 1st June.

Being 10

Writing competition for children who are 10 years old. RTW in Bloom campaign, revived in 2010, is celebrating 10 years in 2020. We would like to encourage all children born in 2010 to share their experience of Being 10 years old – in a form of a poem or a short narrative. Please email the poems to by 31st July.

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom reserve the right to use winning entries in any promotional publicity. Entered work should not have won any previous competitions.

We thank you all for your ongoing support.

Contact us

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom website

Telephone: 01892 554031

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