The South, South East in Bloom judges will be visiting Sittingbourne on Thursday 6th July 2017

Mayor Lesley Ingham presents the winners of the

'Design a Flower Bed Competition'

with their certificates and prizes in the Mayor's Parlour on  the 21st February 2017.

Three children  from Regis Manor Primary, South Avenue Primary  and Minterne Junior school were all invited for tea in the Mayor's parlour to celebrate their fantastic winning designs. The competition was entered by over 250 children from seven schools in Sittingbourne.  



 Congratulations to Sittingbourne in Bloom



The award was collected by Malcolm and Brenda Moore

The Community Champion award was presented to Brenda Moore for her outstanding commitment to Sittingbourne in Bloom, Brenda has been part of Sittingbourne in Bloom since 1994.

About us

Sittingbourne in Bloom has been in existence since 1994.  It was formed to link a number of groups and individuals who had a shared interest in caring for the town and making it a more attractive and floral place.  Since then, it has become an integral part of the the fabric of the town; the events and competitions it organises involve a large number of keen participants and it receives enthusiastic support from many quarters who recognise the value of this community-led organisation.

Local Involvement

Our volunteer committee represents many local organisations as well as interested residents who join because they share our aims, interests and beliefs.  They include:

  • The Sittingbourne Society
  • Sittingbourne Gardeners' and Flower Arrangers' Society
  • Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Rotary Club
  • Sittingbourne Allotment Society
  • Swale Retail Association
  • Swale Borough Council
  • Swale in Bloom
  • Residents

Working for Sittingbourne

Tree planting:  We have paid for and planted trees in significant sites across the town.  We have run a Free Tree scheme where members of the public were asked to nominate sites for tree planting.  By involving the public and supporting their aspirations, we have made some very well-received additions to our town's appearance.

Bulb planting:  Every year, together with our colleagues in the Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Rotary Club, we plant thousands of bulbs at prominent sites across Sittingbourne.

Floral Displays:  We fund the provision of town centre pagoda planters and barrier planters to augment the floral displays mounted by Swale Borough Council.

Wildlife Involvement:  We contributed to the funding of a wildlife survey of Rose Hill Woods by the Kent Wildlife Trust.  This is the only area of woodland in Sittingbourne and this survey is now informing plans to manage this valuable site to increase its biodiversity and wildlife potential.

Litter Picks:  We hate litter!  Our members regularly meet to litter-pick affected sites throughout the town.  We publicise these sessions widely in the hope of shaming offenders into changing their behaviour.  We do benefit financially from this activity as we collect aluminium cans which we take to our local metal recyclers:  last year, we raised over £80 in this way.


 Spring Front Garden:  We judge every front garden in Sittingbourne to choose the best spring garden.  Judging takes place in late March/early April.

Summer Garden:  All front gardens are judged as well as Pots and Containers, schools, large and small business premises, Residential homes, public buildings and pubs.  Judging takes place during July.

Design the Station Roundabout:  All primary school students in Sittingbourne are invited to submit a design for the prominent roundabout in the centre of town.  The winning design is planted in late May and a sign is put up on the site showing the name of the winning designer.  The entry chosen for 2016 is by Chloe Archer  of Minterne Junior School.

Award Ceremonies:  All our winning gardeners are invited to a ceremony in the autumn to receive their trophies and certificates from the Mayor of Swale.  Winners of the Station Roundabout competition receive their awards at a small ceremony in the Mayor's Parlour in March.  We are grateful to the Mayor for presenting these awards.


South and South East in Bloom

Sittingbourne enters this regional competition each year and has achieved great success for many years; since 2008 it has often been awarded the very high result of Silver Gilt. We see entry into this prestigious competition as an audit of how well the town is managing to achieve our goal of a cleaner and greener Sittingbourne - clearly we are doing well!  We will continue to enter and to maintain our already high standards.

If you would like to join us please contact:

Spring Front  Garden winners 2017

Christmas Tree Festival

Janet Granger provided the beautiful  Sittingbourne in Bloom flower tree this year at the  festivals  in St Michaels and Tunstall Churches.

Adding winter bedding and bulbs to theBell Road planters December 2016

Sittingbourne in Bloom Awards Evening

Monday 3rd October at 7pm


Borden Grammar School

Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DB
Mayor Lesley Ingham  with  overall winner
Regis Gate Extra Care Scheme 

Bournes Funeral Directors 

winners of the Commercial categorywith Chairman Malcolm Moore

One of the entries for the Summer Front Garden Competition

......pots and containers are also awarded