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Fareham in Bloom 2024

Fareham in Bloom has been bringing our community together for over 25 years. It has grown into a well-known and successful gardening campaign involving residents throughout the Borough and encourages local communities to provide bright and colourful planting schemes.

Residents were invited to submit a photo online of their garden, open space, fruit and veg patch, hanging basket, window box or something else they're proud of in their outdoor space to be in with the chance of winning a prize. 

There were 5 categories to enter, with an additional Mayor's Gold Award in celebration of the Borough's 50th anniversary in 2024.

With thanks to our kind sponsors, St Margaret's Nursery and Eco Support.

Voting now open!

Residents can vote by going to the Council's Facebook page at External Hyperlink and 'liking' the images. There are five Facebook photo albums, one per category.

Alternatively, votes can be cast by emailing the category and number of the image to 


Images for each category can be found below:

Best Garden 

Businesses and schools

Something small


Sustainable garden







When will winners be announced?


Terms and Conditions 

Privacy notice

More information 



There are five categories to enter. 

Once you have submitted your entry we may be in touch if we think your entry would fit better in another category.

  • Best Garden – a residential garden of any size, front or back. We encourage natural lawns as opposed to artificial grass
  • Businesses and schools – Shop fronts, pubs, cafes, restaurants, businesses, schools, children's nurseries
  • Something Small - Hanging baskets, window boxes, potted plants, small, unusual garden features, a small area of open space
  • Community - An area of open space within a road/street that the community looks after, community centres, sheltered housing grounds, care/retirement homes, outdoor communal areas
  • Sustainable Garden - Planting to encourage wildlife, grow your own fruit and vegetables, allotments, recycling materials and using minimal resources

How to enter

Entries are now closed.

Please see the Terms and Conditions 

When do entries open and close?

Entries are now closed.

How will a winner be chosen?

After the closing date, all photos will be uploaded to the Council's Facebook page External Hyperlink.

The public will be asked to vote for their favourite photo in each category via Facebook likes or via email.

A member of the judging panel, along with a community volunteer, will then visit the two entries for each category receiving the highest number of votes received by the public. Based on what the judges view and hear from the entrant about their entry will determine the winning garden.

The garden visits will take place on Friday 23 August. You must be available on this date for the judges to visit you. Unfortunately, alternative dates cannot be arranged. If you cannot make this date, then your entry will be judged based on the photo and description submitted.

School visits will take place on Friday 6 September.

The `Something Small` category will not have a visit and will be judged purely on the photo and description submitted.

The winning entries in each category will also be put forward to the Mayor for judging, who will pick the best entry overall. The winner of the Mayor's Gold Award will receive a £50 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery in addition to the prize they received for winning in their category.

When will voting open?

Public voting opens on Monday 15 July and closes on Tuesday 30 July at 10am.

You will be contacted if you are one of the top two entries that will receive a garden visit from the judges.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced in September. You will be notified if you are successful.

What will the winners receive?

The winner of each category, along with one guest, will be invited to a tea party in the Mayor's Parlour to receive their prize.



Best Garden Annual subscription to the Council's Garden Waste Scheme
Businesses and schools £30 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery
Community £30 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery
Something Small £30 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery
Sustainable £30 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery
Mayor's Gold Award £50 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery

Runners up for each category will win a £15 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries must be received by Tuesday 2 July. Any entries received after this date will not be included
  • Entries must be within the Borough of Fareham
  • You must only submit one entry to one category
  • The two entries that receive the highest number of votes from the public will be visited by the judges and a community volunteer on Friday 23 August, with the exception of Something Small. If you cannot make this date your entry will be judged purely on the photo and description submitted
  • The winners and runners-up for each category will be announced in September
  • The winners will be invited to the Mayor's Parlour, along with one guest, to receive their prize in September. If you cannot make this date your prize will be sent to you in the post
  • Entrants can submit an entry to one category only
  • The 10% off voucher for St Margaret's Nursery is for the sole use of the recipient. It cannot be shared and must only be used once. 
  • Only one photo to be submitted. Collages will not be accepted
  • A short description of the photo must be submitted along with the photo. This will be posted online with the photo of your entry for judging
  • Entry must include name/postcode/email address/phone number
  • All entries will be shown on the Council's social media channels and the website and may be used for future promotion. Your name and area that you live in may be included in order to identify the photo, however you can withdraw this consent at any time
  • There will be one winner for each category
  • Winner's details will be shared with the press. You can withdraw this consent at any time

Remember, this is just a bit of fun!

Privacy notice

When you submit an entry, your data is being collected for the purpose of this competition. It will be retained for the duration of the competition plus 6 months after the winner has been announced. Your details will be shared internally in order for you to be contacted in regard to the competition. Your name and locality (e.g. Locks Heath) will be shared on the Council's website and social media channels in order to identify your entry; however, this is not a condition of the competition and you may still enter if you do not wish for your data to be shared publicly. If you are a winner of your category, your name will be shared with the local press via a press release about the winners. However, this is not a condition of the competition and you may still enter if you do not wish for your data to be shared publicly. You have the right to withdraw your information at any point and can do so by contacting the Council. Further information about your rights can be found on our Data Protection page.

If you are happy for your information to be shared, please tick the appropriate box on the online entry form. 

More information about your privacy is available on the Council's website or on request.

For more information

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Leisure and Community Team on


Check out the winning entries for Fareham in Bloom 2023:


Congratulations to our runners-up:


What is Fareham in Bloom?

Residents from all over the Borough submitted photographs of their outdoor spaces, big or small, after the competition opened in April.

Voting took place by 'liking' the photos on Facebook External Hyperlink or emailing

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