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Regions & Nations Survey. Regions & Nations Meeting 16 November 2011. Survey of Regions & Nations. Questionnaire Distributed April/May 2011 Based on 2010 data Completed by 15 regions/nations. Marking / Assessment. Bloom Marking Sheet All using the RHS marking sheet 7 with some changes

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regions nations survey

Regions & NationsSurvey

Regions & Nations Meeting

16 November 2011

survey of regions nations
Survey of Regions & Nations


  • Distributed April/May 2011
  • Based on 2010 data
  • Completed by 15 regions/nations
marking assessment
Marking / Assessment

Bloom Marking Sheet

All using the RHS marking sheet

7 with some changes

IYN Assessment Form

All using the RHS assessment form

3 with some changes

other categories special awards
Other Categories / Special Awards

11 respondents said they run “other” categories

Participation figures range from 3 to 184 with a total of 604 participants overall

2 said they don’t run other categories but have special awards

2 simply said they don’t run other categories

other categories
Other Categories


School Garden

Tourism Business Awards

School Grounds / Gardens

Pub, Restaurant & Hotel Grounds / Gardens

Town / City Centre

Business Improvement Districts



Caravan Park (Static & Touring)

Hotel Large

Hotel Small

Tourist Attraction Large

Tourist Attraction Small

Retail & Business parks

Shopping Centres


Floral Bus / Rail Station

Public, Private & Charitable Establishments

Guest Houses

other categories continued
Other categories continued…

Holiday Cottages

Visitor Attractions

Business Premises Small

Business Premises Large

Country Houses, Estates, Parks & Gardens

Universities, Colleges & FE Establishments

special awards
Special Awards



Residential Homes


Young People

Regional theme

Best Commercial Involvement

Overall Clean & Tidy

Best Community Involvement

Best Treatment of Roadsides & Roundabouts

Best Park

Doing More With Less

Best Floral Input

Most Improved

Award for Outstanding Effort & Enthusiasm

Roses in Towns

Judges' Award for Outstanding Presentation

Best School Garden

Best Front Garden

Best Hotel/Pub Garden

Best Retail/Commercial Premises

r n committees
R&N Committees

Number of committee members ranges from 1 to 25

Total number of committee members is 155

All but 2 regions/nations said their committee members are volunteers

9 regions/nations said they had paid staff (total of 21 people)

awards ceremonies
Awards Ceremonies

9 regions/nations have one event for Bloom & IYN

IYN may be separate and may be several (eg by county)

12 regions/nations offered a meal at their awards

12 R/N had daytime events, 2 evening and 1 both

All R/N held their events on a week day

6 regions/nations charged for their awards; prices range form £12 to £25

awards ceremonies seminar attendance
Awards Ceremonies / Seminar Attendance

Awards attendance ranged from 45 to 1,191 delegates

In total 3,606 delegates attended awards ceremonies

Seminar attendance ranged from 30 to 250 delegates

In total 890 delegates attended seminars

Note: not all respondents provided this data

additional support advice
Additional Support / Advice

14 respondents offer some kind of additional support and/or advice or “how to” or “getting started” manuals for new groups

additional support advice1
Additional Support / Advice

This can include:

Guideline Notes on website and in hard copy form

Offer of visit from judge or committee member on request

Guide with follow up practical advice, support and mentoring

Judges / Assessor visits

finalists' manual & ad hoc help

manual for each new group

additional support advice2
Additional Support / Advice


Trustee visit for each new group

mock judging for main entries if they will enter next year

use of RHS materials via website or on paper


entrants' manual

supporters' pack

presentations at annual seminar

additional support advice3
Additional Support / Advice


phone support

visit by judge and if needed do a presentation to their committee

useful hints & tips sheet

member of Executive mentors / speaks to new groups

free advisory visits and mentoring as required

extensive guidance notes

new entrants workshop bi-annually


9 respondents run annual judges training

Number of judges (Bloom & IYN) ranges from 2 to 72

Total number of judges is 432

Average number of judges per region/nation is 29

region nation sponsors general
Region/Nation Sponsors (general)

Some District / Borough / County Councils

States of Guernsey council





Plantscape (x 4 R/N)

Amberol (x 6 R/N)

Marches Housing Association

CJS Plants


Worshipful Company of Gardeners

Windowflowers (x 2 R/N)

Glasdon Ltd

Trafford Centre

Zero Waste Scotland



Southern Water


NI Tourist Board


North of England Horticultural Society

regions nations sponsors continued
Regions/Nations Sponsors continued…

Derbyshire Building Society

DART Training

Naylors Bulbs (in-kind)

Barcham Trees

Vital Earth

awards ceremony sponsors
Awards Ceremony sponsors

Some general sponsors also sponsor just awards

ceremonies in other regions but are not listed again here

Local Authorities (various)

Querx Patio Plants

Exchange House

Ferring Nurseries

Civic Pride


Regions/nations raised a total of over £230,900

Ranged from £2,700 to £55,000 per R/N

2 regions/nations reported raising 100% and 1 reported raising 56% of their funds from government bodies/departments; for others it was 0%

Most of the funding comes from corporate sponsorship

*2 regions/nations did not provide data; 3 said this also inc. additional funding specifically for IYN; none inc. RHS funding for IYN

entry fees
Entry Fees

11 regions/nations charge an entry fee

Fees range from £5 to £500 dependent on entry size / category

costs bloom
Costs (Bloom)

Cost ranged from £3,200 to £32,500

13 regions/nations provided this data

Average cost works out to £17,400 per R/N

costs iyn
Costs (IYN)

Only 4 regions/nations provided data

Costs ranged from £3,000 to £30,000