Reading in Bloom 2016

Hop Leaf Hanging Baskets

Hop Leaf Hanging Baskets

The Reading in Bloom competition for 2016 has been launched. It is open to gardens, allotments and other commercial floral displays within the boundaries of Reading Borough Council.

Whitley Pump readers may remember when Nigel Slater came to Reading to make a programme about biscuits, ‘The Great British Biscuit‘. It featured Nigel Slater on a Scours Lane allotment that had won the Reading in Bloom category of most attractive allotment in 2013. Television fame may not come to this year’s winners, but there will be an awards evening on 6 October at the Hilton Hotel at Kennet Island.

There are 11 categories

  • Front garden under 12 ft
  • Front garden over 12 ft
  • Balcony, hanging baskets and window boxes
  • Shared garden.
  • Community garden.

An allotment is defined as a plot rented from Reading Borough Council for non-commercial purposes, by an individual or group, and need not be visible from a highway.

  • Most eco-friendly
  • Most attractive
  • Best maintained.
  • Landscape
  • Floral interior display
  • Pubs and restaurants – exterior.

Apart from allotments, all entries must be visible from the highway or riverbanks.

What are the judges are looking for?

All judging is carried out by members of the Reading in Bloom team and is based on criteria including general appearance, attractiveness, imaginative use of displays and (for relevant categories) floral content such as bedding, boxes and tubs.

How to enter

You can nominate your own garden, allotment or commercial display, or nominate another person or organisation’s display.

Entries and nominations can be made:

The Secretary
53 Ullswater Drive
RG31 6RS

Entry forms have been seen at Reading Central Library.

Closing date for entries is 1 July 2016. Judging will take place in July, subject to weather conditions.


  1. Reading in Bloom
  2. Britain in Bloom
  3. Reading in Bloom on Facebook
  4. West Reading allotment set to star with TV chef Nigel Slater
  5. BBC4 The Great British Biscuit