Ealing in Bloom
Garden competitions organised by the Acton, Southall and Ealing Boroughs date back to the 1930’s. They were suspended during the war years but revived after the war. However, they ceased altogether when the two Boroughs merged in 1965. The “Ealing In Bloom” competition started in 1984 and was initially organised by the Ealing Council Parks Department. A formal independent “Ealing in Bloom” committee was established in 1989. The annual “Ealing in Bloom” competition is divided into categories ranging from single balconies through individual allotment plots of different sizes to entire allotment sites. Judging is carried out in early June and late July by a team of both amateur and professional judges. The highlight of the competition is the Presentation of Awards by the Committee's President, the Mayor of Ealing, at the Annual Presentation Ceremony, in September.
Entry Forms and Judging Criteria
A call for entries is issued in the spring of each year and judging involves two visits by the judges – in June and July – to view allotments at different stages of the growing season. Click on entry form to download a Word copy, or on entry form 2 for a pdf version, of this year's Ealing Bloom entry form and on mark sheets for judging criteria and their relative contribution to the overall assessment.
Results for Ealing in Bloom (2015) – Allotments Category
Oldfield Allotments and Braund Avenue both held on to their last year's first prize positions for the best large and small allotment sites, respectively. An increasing number of sites, however, are snapping at their heels and it will be interesting to see how long they can maintain their winning runs. This year, the first prize in the large allotment plot category went to Kristine Kristensen of Oldfield Allotments. Her entry so impressed the judges that she was also awarded the prestigious "Judges Special Award". Top spot in the small plot category was taken by Eddie Weston of Whitton Drive. Click on results to view a summary of results published in the Autumn 2015 edition of the EAP newsletter
Ealing in Bloom – Allotments
Click on newsletter to access the Spring 2014 EAP newsletter containing an article on the experiences of Patrick Williams as a judge in the Allotments section of Ealing in Bloom and read his views on the advantages to tenants and site managers of entering the competition.
Results for Ealing-in-Bloom (2016) - Allotments Category
This year Oldfield and Framfield shared first prize battle in the large allotment category and Braund Avenue retained its first place in the small allotment category for yet one more year. In the large plot category, the same plotholders as in 2015 won the first three prizes but with Joaanne Jackson of Oldfield taking over the top spot from her fellow plotholder Kristine Kristensen in second place. The small plot category was topped by Wiktor Staniaszck of Braund Avenue. A summary of this year's results will be published shortly in the Autumn 2016 edition of the EAP newsletter.