Oswestry in Bloom

Oswestry in Bloom is a Committee comprising of a limited number of individuals who work tirelessly to improve the visual appearance and quality of life of the locals and visitors to Oswestry.

2019 Oswestry in Bloom Competition

Entry Form

Summer 2019

Once again as we enter into the summer season the Oswestry in Bloom Committee has met in order to discuss ways in which to improve the town together with arranging local competitions and events.  We should also point out that throughout the winter months the Committee has not been idle and the Oswestry in Lights event which was held on the run up to Christmas, was supported by many local residents and this in itself contributed to brightening up cold winter’s evenings with brilliant displays of external Christmas lights.  The effort which was put into this was outstanding and our members are extremely thankful to all those who took part. 

We are in the process of delivering letters to town centre businesses inviting them to join the floral decoration scheme.  The programme has gone from strength to strength and both visitors and residents are able to enjoy the excellent displays in the Town Centre.  Last year we had over 250 baskets purchased and some 100 planters and features.  We would like to do even better in 2019.

 The Committee would like to thank everyone who took part in 2018 which saw Oswestry presented with its 14th Gold Award in the Heart of England in Bloom competition, we really want to make it 15! 

 We also represented the region in the 2018 National Britain in Bloom Competition making us one of the top 9 Large Towns in the Country and came away with a very strong Silver Gilt Award.

 We will again be running the Oswestry in Bloom Competition which will be judged on the 15th and 16th July by Miss Margaret Thrower.  Why not enter one of the following categories:


Section A

Best Commercial Premises (Town Centre)

Section B

Best Commercial Premises (Industrial Estate)

Section C

Best Dressed Window (Town Centre) in the theme of Bees and Pollination

Section D

Best Kept School

Section E

Outstanding Work by Young People

Section F

Best Community Project / Premises

Section G

Best Residential Front Garden - Bedded Out (mostly annuals)

Section H

Best Residential Front Garden - All Year Colour (mostly perennial)

Section I

Best Residential Front Garden – Evergreen (mostly shrubs)

Section J

Best Residential Rear Garden

Section K

Best Residential Rear Patio Garden

Section L

Best Residential Front Bijou Garden

Section M

Best Residential Balcony

Section N

Best Pub / Hotel

(please inform us if you have a rear seating area to be judged)

 Please contact Louise Humphreys on 01691 680222 for further details. 

 The Committee would also ask that local residents and businesses come on board with this competition and thereby assisting Oswestry to reach a high standard in the Heart of England in Bloom competition which will be judged on the 3rd July, 2019.  


Britain in Bloom 2018

Oswestry was judged on Wednesday 1st August 2018 by Rae Beckwith and James Cordingley from the Britain In Bloom organisation who visited Oswestry for the first time, enjoying Cae Glas Park, acknowledging the improvements made at the Willow Street entrance and the recent investment into too many of the flower displays. Both the Heart of England and the Britain In Bloom visits recognised the benefits of the strong partnership with Shropshire and Oswestry Town Council working with the Oswestry In Bloom Committee to make improvements throughout the town.

Oswestry enjoyed another Gold at the Heart of England presentation however narrowly missed a Gold and were awarded a Silver Gilt at the Britain In Bloom presentation which was announced in Belfast on the 19th October 2018. As a first-time entrant into the UK Finals, the judges were delighted with the warm welcome they received and much enjoyed meeting the Mayor, Town Crier, and Margaret Thrower and were impressed by the very high standards which Oswestry boasts.

A highlight for the judges was the visit to the garden of Mr and Mrs Bainbridge with some very high horticultural practice at 27 Croxon Rise.

They were also impressed by the Bellan House children's magic carpet on the entrance to Central Car Park.

If you would like to help the In Bloom Committee, then please contact Louise Humphreys on 01691 680222. All offers of help are greatly appreciated and if you have specialist skill, then you may be invited to join the Bloom Committee.

Contact Oswestry in Bloom

If you wish to get in touch regarding any aspect of Oswestry in Bloom then please contact Louise Humphreys via email at l.humphreys(at)oswestry-tc.gov.uk or via the details below:

Oswestry Town Council,
The Guildhall,
SY11 1PZ

Tel: 01691 680222
Fax: 01691 671080
E-mail: enquiries(at)oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Twitter: @OswestryTC
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