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.
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.
We were a previous award winner
In 2019 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 where they praised Durham for its commitment to educating the next generation of horticulturists 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.
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 17 times in the last 21 years.
Examples of In Bloom schemes and projects
- 'Best dressed market stall' competition
- 'Best dressed shop/business window' competition
- 'Beautiful Durham' gardening competition
- NHS floral displays to commemorate 2020
- 'VE Day 75th anniversary' display- Gilesgate Roundabout
- 3D floral displays:
- Bishop's Mitre - Market Place
- St Cuthbert's Cross - Palace Green
- Poppies and miners lamps - Leazes Bowl
- Improvements to the Japanese Sakura Garden at the Botanic Garden
- Heritage Mosiac and Miners Banner at Wharton Park
- 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:
- Believe Housing
- City of Durham Parish Council
- Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral
- Durham Agency Against Crime
- Durham AAP
- Durham BID
- Durham County Council
- Durham Markets Company
- Durham Train Station - LNER
- Durham University: Botanic Gardens
- East Durham College (Houghall Campus)
- Ethicare Durham
- HMP Durham
- Prince Bishops Shopping Centre
- St Cuthbert's Catholic Church, Durham
- St Cuthbert's Hospice
- St. Margaret's Allotments
- St Oswald's Church, Durham
- Woodland Trust
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.
In partnership with
- Northumbria In Bloom
- Britain in Bloom with the RHS: UK Finalist 2019