Pam Bowyer-Davis, Wendy Wheeler, Ross Hooper (Wareham in Bloom Committee members) then Peter Holman, Chairman of South/South East in Bloom and then Rod Curtis, the Town Clerk, standing in for Cllr Eric Osmond who could not attend due to illness

Wareham in Bloom achieves coveted GOLD award in South and South East in Bloom Competition 2016 – now for Britain in Bloom Finals!

Wareham Town Council is delighted to announce that the town has achieved a superb GOLD award in the regional South and South East and Bloom competition 2016, following the Judges' visit in July. The Judges were highly impressed with the town and all aspects of the competition entry, which featured 'Horticultural Achievement', 'Environmental Responsibility' and 'Community Participation'.

The judges summarised the entry as follows: 'A very well organised entry, well led by the Chairman, with a very active and highly motivated committee. On entry to the town, visitors cannot help but be overcome by the quality and quantity of floral content, which is a great credit to all involved'.

Councillor Eric Osmond MBE, Chairman of Wareham in Bloom, said "This is a wonderful result for Wareham and for our small Wareham in Bloom committee, composed of local volunteers and councillors. All credit is due to everyone involved in our success this year, from committee members to our wonderful sponsors, our flower waterers, Town Council staff, and every local volunteer who has ever turned a spade or dead-headed a flower basket. You have done us all proud, and I am delighted that you have all been recognised with a Gold award."

The Mayor, Councillor Doreen Cleaton, said: "Well done, the Wareham in Bloom team! This is great news for the town, its residents and all our visitors, many of whom have passed on their appreciation of the stunning town centre displays this summer. I would particularly like to thank Cllr Eric Osmond who has worked so hard as Chairman to achieve this result, having been involved with Wareham in Bloom since 1994 as one of its founders. On behalf of all your team, and the whole town, Eric…..you've done a blooming good job!"

Having won the overall category winner as Best Small Town in the South/South East region, Wareham now has the opportunity to progress to the RHS Britain in Bloom national finals in 2017.

Other SSEIB awards to Wareham in Bloom: three more, as follows:

Judges discretionary awards: (1) Community Conservation Award, (2) Clean and Green for the Queen Award:

Best Churchyard awards: Lady St Mary Church, Wareham - Silver Gilt

Contact: Rod Curtis, Town Clerk, 01929 550771 or 553006 for further details or clerk@wareham-tc.gov.uk

Full 2016 results available here:
  Wareham in Bloom and Best Kept Allotment Competition Awards from Friday 6 November 2015.

Wareham in Bloom 2015. South and South East in Bloom Competition.

This year the Wareham in Bloom Committee decided not to enter the South and South East in Bloom Competition for various reasons and concentrate on our own local competitions like the Best Front Garden and Best Allotment in the town with our awards ceremony held on 23rd October 2015. We can then ‘Go for Gold’ again in the future.

Last year we visited Brighton on 17th September to hear the results of our entry. Wareham achieved another Silver Gilt award in the small town category and were only three points off winning a gold award. We were disappointed not to get gold but there was only one gold award in this category and that was achieved by Wimborne who were also overall category winners and eligible for entry into 2015 Britain in Bloom.

However primarily we do put in all the effort in enhancing the town for our residents and visitors, and have received many accolades for the displays. In two other categories we did win “Best in Class”, something of which we are very proud. These categories were Small Conservation area for the Redcliff Riverside Path, the work of our partners in enhancing Wareham, the Wareham and District Development Trust. Well done to John Scott and his volunteers and all who helped with the flood relief works earlier in the year. They won silver gilt and a glass trophy. The other category was Churchyard of the year. Lady St. Mary’s churchyard won silver gilt and another glass trophy. Well done to John Smith who looks after the churchyard and is Vice Chair of Wareham in Bloom. All the framed certificates and the trophies are available to view at the Town Hall.

  20th Anniversary.
2014 saw the twentieth anniversary of Wareham in Bloom as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Britain in Bloom Competition. It was formed in 1994 by a number of local residents who wished to brighten up the town and make it a better place in which to live and work.

Thousands of daffodil bulbs were planted that year on grass verges in various areas of the town. These bulbs multiplied and now form a swathe of yellow in early spring to welcome the new season. More bulbs have been planted every year since. A decision was taken to put annual fixed basket floral displays in the town centre together with static displays that are bolted to the ground. Today these form the popular backdrop to summer in Wareham, May to September and are often commented upon by visitors.

The current committee consists of 15 members, 3 councillors, 3 ex-councillors and residents of the town. The committee was eventually incorporated into a non- standing committee of Wareham Town Council, working continually to improve the look of the town.
The Town Council do not pay for any of Wareham in Bloom’s displays and initiatives like the Saxon Roundabout and the Saxon Magical Corner. All the funds are raised by sponsorship and fundraising. There are two fundraising sales in May and November. We are very grateful for the help of local businesses who contribute with equipment and manpower.

There are more elements to ‘In Bloom’ than floral displays. Over the years the hard working committee has also dealt with recycling, community participation, environmental awareness and tidiness of the town. Provision and maintenance of the street furniture is another aspect of the committees work.

This year our project is to refurbish one of the town centre telephone boxes. The town council purchased one of them for a £1 about three years ago and recently we have received funding to purchase original 1930s telephone equipment to go inside. The old red telephone boxes are part of British heritage and the equipment will remind people of a bygone age that we wish to preserve.

So why not give us a hand? Volunteers are always needed to water and dead head the displays and we welcome new committee members. Just keeping your own frontage weed free and tidy helps make the town look good.

If anyone can help please telephone the Town Council on 01929 553006 or call in to see the staff. Alternatively you can contact Cllr Eric Osmond on 01929 551000.
  Wareham in Bloom Entry 2014
South and South East in Bloom Competition

Following our Wareham in Bloom party visit to Brighton on Tuesday 17th September to hear the results of our entry, Wareham achieved another Silver Gilt award this year for Wareham in the Small Town category, rather than a hoped for Gold award. Disappointing, but there was only one Gold award in the Small Town category this year and at the end of the day, we do it primarily for our residents and visitors, from whom we have had some magnificent accolades this year. Silver Gilt is still an excellent result for any town and two other Wareham entries achieved ‘Best in Class (‘Overall category winner), something to be very proud of.

Three points off Gold, so we have it all to do again next year! Volunteers, are you out there? Why not give us a hand to achieve Gold for YOUR town? Contact Debbie on 01929 553006 at the Wareham Town Hall and she will be delighted to take your details.

The results for our category are below:

Small Town
West Parley ... Silver
Angmering in Bloom Association ... Silver Gilt
Cranbrook in Bloom ... Silver Gilt
Storrington ... Silver Gilt
Wareham in Bloom ... Silver Gilt
Wimborne in Bloom ... Gold & Winner

Wimborne will therefore go through to the national Britain in Bloom finals in 2015 as category overall winner.

Other categories entered as part of Wareham in Bloom this year achieved awards as follows:

Small Conservation Area
Oakley Park Conservation Area, Fleet ... Silver Gilt
Upton Woods, Upton ... Silver Gilt
Redcliffe Riverside Path, Wareham ... Silver Gilt & Winner

Wareham is overall category winner (well done John Scott, his volunteer team and anyone who helped with the flood relief works earlier in the year!) A glass trophy was also presented with the certificate.

St. Margaret's Church Grounds, Rottingdean ... Silver
St. Mary’s, Storrington Parish Church, Storrington ... Silver
St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Rustington ... Silver
St. Swithun's Churchyard, East Grinstead ... Silver Lady
St. Marys Church, Wareham ... Silver Gilt & Winner

Wareham Lady St Mary churchyard is overall category winner and is ‘Churchyard of the Year’! Congratulations to John Smith who looks after the churchyard and is Vice Chair of the Wareham in Bloom Committee. A glass trophy was also presented with the certificate.

All framed certificates/trophies are available in the Town Hall if anyone wishes to see them.

Blue Peter Gardner Chris Collins presents
The Mayor Cllr Eric Osmond & Mayoress with
Wareham's 2010 certificate.

2010 Another Fine Result

Members of the Wareham in Bloom Committee, including the Mayor and Mayoress, travelled to Gillingham, Kent on Friday 10th September to hear the results of their entry in the Small Towns section of the South and South East in Bloom Competition.

Wareham in Bloom achieved a very creditable Silver Gilt in the Competition and another Silver Gilt in the inter-regional Champion of Champions award, where they represented Dorset against the Anglian Region.

Mayor (and Chairman of Wareham in Bloom) Councillor Eric Osmond said "We are disappointed to slip a few points this year, having achieved three successive golds in previous years, to earn a Silver Gilt.

To achieve a gold is hard but to retain it is even harder. We all felt that this year's effort was equal to, if not better than, last year's efforts, and we have had many appreciative comments for our floral displays and the cleanliness of the town. In the end, however, we do this for our residents and visitors and competition results are a bonus.

So, well done, Wareham - and we'll be back!"

Two members of the Upton in Bloom Committee also travelled with the Wareham party. Congratulations are extended to them for their fine Silver award in the same competition.

Town Clerk Rod Curtis, Blue Peter Gardner Chris Collins & Cllr Eric Osmond with Wareham's 2009 certificate.
2009 Hat trick for Wareham as the town celebrates third Gold in a row

Wareham Town Council is delighted to announce that WAREHAM has been awarded a consecutive third GOLD in the South and South East regional Britain in Bloom competition 'Small Town' section.

Judges visited the town in July and were hugely impressed by its floral displays, community participation and environmental responsibility including the cleanliness and overall tidiness of the town. Apart from the stunning flower displays in the town centre, visits to Hemsbach Court, Priory Meadow, St Johns Hill, Church Green, the Cemetery Gardens, Bestwall allotments site, Purbeck School's Darwin Anniversary allotment, residents' gardens in Causeway Close, the County Council Recycling Centre, Hauses Field and a new 'Secret Garden' project at the rear of the public library were included in the judging route. The 2009 result was the best of any town in Dorset and only one mark away from the prestigious overall category winner, which went to Liphook in Hampshire.

The Judges said: 'Wareham continues to go from strength to strength and stand out as an excellent example of how an all year round campaign can make the town a beautiful place to live, work in and visit. The involvement of young people within the In Bloom effort is to be applauded. Wareham continues to improve year on year and sustain their achievements thus far in the competition.

The Mayor, Councillor Audrey Tighe said: 'On behalf of the whole town of Wareham, I extend my warm congratulations to Chairman Eric Osmond and the Wareham in Bloom Committee, to Town Council staff, to our small army of helpers and waterers, to our flower display supplier Mr Jorge Annaheim, to our many generous sponsors and to anyone who has helped in any way to achieve this award today. 'Three in a row' is a superb achievement and I am very proud of our community.

Rod Curtis (left), with Blue Peter TV Gardener Chris Cooper and Councillor Eric Osmond receiving Wareham's Gold Award.
2008 It's Gold! Wareham in Bloom does it again!

With a summer of hard work behind us and our stunning flower displays still drawing admiring comments from our residents and visitors, I was delighted to attend the regional South and South East in Bloom awards at Crawley on 3rd September 2008, with Town Councillor and Chairman of Wareham in Bloom Eric Osmond.

Doubly delighted in fact since, following on from last year's first ever gold award, Wareham did it again, and - as all around us got Silver and Silver Gilt - we were awarded a Gold for the second consecutive year in the Small Town section.

Eric and I couldn't believe our ears as we went up to receive the award from 'Blue Peter' Gardener Chris Collins. As the only town in Dorset to achieve a Gold this year, I can only echo the words of Town Mayor Malcolm Russell who said:

"On behalf of the whole town of Wareham, I extend my grateful thanks to the Chairman and members of the Wareham in Bloom Committee, to Council staff, to our small army of helpers and waterers, to our plant supplier Mr Jorge Annaheim of Wareham, to our many generous sponsors and to anyone who has helped in any way to achieve this award today. Following on from our first Gold in 2007, it is a superb achievement." We now look forward with fingers crossed to receiving the news of our entry in the Britain in Bloom national finals on 24th September at Chester…watch this space! Rod Curtis, Town Clerk.


Cllr Mary Wainwright with husband Tony and Olympic Gold Swimming Medal winner Duncan Goodhew at the Britain in Bloom regional awards presentations, Crawley, 6th September 2007.

Members of the Wareham in Bloom Committee left to right: Town Clerk Rod Curtis, Mrs Renata Osmond, Mrs Irene Horne, Plants Supplier Jorge Annaheim, Chairman/Councillor Eric Osmond, Clllr Mrs Mary Wainwright, Mrs Roseanne Longstaff
2007 A Blooming Miracle! Wareham Wins Gold!
Three Major awards for Wareham

Wareham Town Council is delighted to announce that Wareham has been awarded Gold in the South & South East Regional Britain in Bloom Competition, Small Towns Section.

Judges visited the town in early July and were highly impressed by the stunning floral displays, the recycling initiatives, the permanent planting and landscaping, the biodiversity aspects, and the cleanliness and overall tidiness of the town. The town was awarded Gold in the 'Small Towns' section in the South. Additonally, it was the only town to achieve Gold across the whole South and South East region, and achieved overall category winner - taking into account 11 other towns in the South East, the winner of that section having attained a silver gilt. Wareham therefore came 'top of the class' out of a total of 14 towns who were judged from East Dorset to Kent.

Judges were also bowled over by a visit to the special project undertaken at Hauses Field in Northmoor Park by Wareham and District Development Trust in partnership with the Town Council, Town Trust and Dorset Community Action. A community parkland with something for all age groups was established from a neglected and overgrown site, all in the space of one year. This has achieved a major award on its own: the Chairman's Award for a special project in the South section.

Judges comments: 'Wareham has achieved an outstanding entry this year and thoroughly deserved their Gold award and overall winner of the Small Towns category. The input from the community is second to none, especially with the 'Hauses Field' project. It is quite amazing how the scheme has developed in such a short amount of time. It encapsulates what 'In Bloom' is all about. Congratulations, Wareham's innovative floral displays using maximum vertical space in restrictive positions is a credit to the Wareham in Bloom Committee'.

Wareham's Mayor, Councillor Sue Elmes says: "On behalf of the whole town of Wareham, I extend my grateful thanks to the Chairman (Councillor Eric Osmond) and members of the Wareham in Bloom Committee, to Council staff, to our small army of volunteer helpers and waterers, to our plant suppliers, to our many wonderful sponsors and fundraisers and to anyone who has helped in any way over many years to achieve this award today".

Well done Wareham!
David Wheatley Design