Brighton & Hove City in Bloom are a voluntary community group who run the citywide annual gardening competitions and encourage residents, businesses and communities to brighten up their areas. We also support volunteers in the openspaces sector.
Last year we scaled down our operation to address our own sustainability and responsible management of our group. We did however organise five competitions all of them community based or focused on bio-diversity and sustainability. These categories were well supported and very successful. See 2016 winners from the dropdown menu Competition Winners.
This year we have been involved in the setting up of a new Community Open Spaces Forum scheme to work with the council and their Open Spaces Strategy to support volunteers in this sector. We have therefore suspended all competitions for 2017.
With CUPP funding (Community University Partnership Programme) we have been working with Dr. Maureen Berg Ecologist of Brighton University, Rich Howorth of Biosphere Project, Laura Williams of Community Works and Mark Drayton of Trust for Developing Communities and David Larkin of Brighton & Hove City Council.
We are hopeful that an overarching group to support volunteers in the greenspace sector will be borne from this and up and running later in the year.
A Working Group comprising Councillors, City Parks, members of Friends Of groups, members of the wider community and business sector assists us.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Parks and also with South & South East in Bloom to promote The Royal Horticultural Society ‘s “It’s Your Neighbourhood ” campaign 2017 and we have encouraged community groups to enter their competitions this year.
Brighton & Hove City in Bloom Community Group has a strong commitment to build further on “In Bloom” initiatives across the city that are sustainable and make a direct, positive impact on local people and the environment.
So for more information read-on or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved.
Chair Brighton & Hove City in Bloom