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Durham in Bloom

Durham in Bloom involves everyone coming together to improve the horticultural aspects of Durham City. It also encourages people to take pride in their local environment.


Due to Covid-19, the In Bloom competition has been cancelled for 2020.

Follow our campaign at Durham in Bloom on Facebook.

If you, your school, business or organisation would like to get involved with Durham City's In Bloom campaign, please contact us.

2019 competition

Last year, we were delighted to be awarded with gold in the Champion of Champion's category of Britain In Bloom. Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain In Bloom UK finals competition were welcomed in the city on Monday 29 July where they praised Durham for its commitment to educating the next generation of horticulturalists and for creating a vibrant buzz where everyone feels part of a community. 

Tanfield were also awarded gold in the village category of the 2019 Britain In Bloom.

Icon for pdf Durham in Bloom 2019 video transcript (PDF, 87.6kb)

2018 competition

In 2018, nearly 500 people donated over 15,200 hours of their time to keep the city looking its blooming best!  

As well as securing a Gold award, Durham was crowned Best Small City in the national RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

There was further success for County Durham in the 54th annual competition, with Tanfield a finalist in the village category. Lots of schemes and areas across County Durham have been successful this year in the RHS Northumbria in Bloom contest.

Durham in Bloom's success

Proud of our unique heritage, Durham is a longstanding supporter of the Bloom campaigns, having won the Best Large Town trophy 16 times in the last 20 years. 

In 2018, Durham won Gold in the small city category, and was Best Overall Entry in Northumbria in Bloom. Durham was also successful in achieving Gold and awarded Best Small City, in the 2018 national RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

Examples of In Bloom schemes and projects

  • 'Best dressed market stall' competition
  • 'Best dressed shop/business window' competition
  • 'Beautiful Durham' gardening competition
  • 'RAF100' celebration display - Gilesgate roundabout
  • 3D floral displays:
    • Bishop's Mitre - Market Place
    • St Cuthbert's Cross - Palace Green 
    • Poppies - Leazes Bowl
  • Improvements to the Japanese Sakura Garden at the Botanic Garden
  • Heritage Mosiac and Miners Banner at Wharton Park
  • Poplar Tree Garden Centre - Free Flower Seeds
  • Joint Volunteer Project - Bulb Planting
  • Horse and Chariot Public Art - Oriental Museum

Durham in Bloom group

Durham's in Bloom bid is supported by the following organisations:

Beautiful Durham gardening competition

As part of our entry to Northumbria in Bloom, we hold our annual Beautiful Durham competition which encourages people to improve their environment and communities in Durham City and surrounding areas. Residents, groups organisations and schools, within the competition area can enter to showcase their gardens, horticultural schemes, floral displays, hanging baskets or planters.

Durham City is probably most famous for its magnificent Norman cathedral and castle which are both Durham World Heritage Sites. In addition, Durham University is renowned and ranked in the World Top 100 universities.

Northumbria In Bloom Logo
Britain in Bloom with the RHS: UK Finalist 2019 logo

In partnership with

  • Northumbria In Bloom
  • Britain in Bloom with the RHS: UK Finalist 2019
Contact us
Civic Pride
03000 26 0000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Chilton Industrial Estate
  • Chilton
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 0SD
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