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Burgess Hill In Bloom

Blosson in St Johns ParkBurgess Hill in Bloom is an independent community group run by local volunteers, which encourages residents, schools, community groups and local businesses to make the town an attractive place to live, work and visit.

Each year, the group runs a Spring Competition and a Summer Competition, a Garden Safari and a variety of social and fundraising events.  

Click on the following link to go directly to their website:

Membership costs £5 per year and entitles members to regular newsletters, social events and gardeners get-togethers (membership runs from January to December). If you would like to join, please click on the following link to download a Membership Application Form.  

For further information, please contact Cathy Barnett, Chair, Burgess Hill In Bloom, Summerfield, 101 Station Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9ED, telephone 01444 244617, email

The judging for this year’s competition will be held from Monday 8th July to Saturday 13th July. If you would like more information on the judging process please telephone Cathy Barnett on 01444 244617 or email


  • Best Environmentally Friendly: Winner, Michael Langridge (The Vineries); Best Front Garden: Winner, Ann Tomlinson (Dunstall Ave.);
  • Best Side/Back Garden: Winner, Caroline Powell (Cromwell Rd), Highly Commended, Sheila Preston (Payton Drive), Commended, Shelagh Jackson (Warelands);
  • Best Garden Design: Winner, Josine Baker, Highly Commended, G. Mansbridge (West Street), Commended, Paul Barnett (Station Road);
  • Best Floral Container: Winner, Colin Hewitt (Badgers Walk), Highly Commended, Margaret Bennett  (Wren Close);
  • Best Vegetable Garden: Winner, Brian Bottomly (Elwood Close), Highly Commended, John Ellis (Leylands Road);
  • Best Commercial Display: Winner, The Royal Spice (Station Road);
  • Best Pub: Winner, The Windmill (Leylands Road), Highly Commended, The Weald (Royal George Road),
  • Best Community/Voluntary Project: Winner, Adults Learning Difficulties Gardening Group (Marle Place, Leylands Road), Highly Commended, Woodlands Nursing Home (Silverdale Road),
    Commended, Cyprus Hall Community Association;
  • Best School Project -  Pre-school: Winner, Rosebud Montessori Nursery (Lower Church Road), Highly Commended, Kiddi Caru, York Road, Commended, Tiggywiggs  Day Nursery. 
  • Best New Entry: Caroline Powell ( Cromwell Road).
    Please note that the Childrens Sunflower Competition will be judged in the week beginning August 19th, to allow for extra growing time!

The 2013 Garden Safari takes places on Sunday 14 July from 1.30 - 5pm. There will be many lovely gardens to see around Burgess Hill - some old and some new. Programme to follow shortly! All proceeds will be donated to St Peter & St James Hospice and Mid Downs Hospital Radio. The cost is £3 per adult and children go free. To obtain advance tickets or find out more please telephone Cathy on 01444 244617 or email

Burgess Hill in Bloom and the Garden Safari 2013 raised more than £1,200, a new record!  This will be shared equally by two charities, Mid Downs Hospital Radio and St Peter & St James Hospice.

We opened 14 lovely and interesting gardens of all shapes and sizes, old and new.  Crowds flocked round the route, brought out by the sunshine.  Due to great advertising in the press and on the internet, people came from far and wide, some were holiday makers staying in the area.   Some brave souls cycled the route and some even walked, getting into the spirit of the Safari.

Some gardeners served cream teas, cakes and shortbread; some sold plants and manure and some showed off their flowers, vegetable patches and statuary.  Because of the weather, enterprising gardeners made and sold ice lollies and Pimms, as well as cold drinks. 

The evening was finished off by a convivial drinks and supper get-together in the Windmill Pub, where we drew the very successful raffle.