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Bampton In Bloom

Bampton in Bloom - the Stage



If you want to be happy for a few hours, get drunk.

If you want to be happy for a few years, get a wife.

If you want to be happy for ever, get a garden.


England in Bloom 1989


'Secret Gardens of Bampton' - Slide-show

SW in Bloom

Since the 1970's, Bampton has regularly taken part in the 'Britain in Bloom' competition - however, from 2008 we have not entered the competition.

The requirements for the SW in Bloom competition have become so much that it has been difficult to find the manpower to cover all aspects required - however, Bampton will still be full of colour and blooms for residents and visitors to enjoy!


Saturday 14th May 2016 – Spring Fest.  Bampton in Bloom will have a plant stall in place outside the butchers.  Lots of beautiful plants will be available to purchase.  9.30am until we have sold out!

Friday 3rd June 2016 @ 7.30pm – Bampton in Bloom Auction and Dinner, Riverside Hall – only £15 for a fun filled evening which includes a 3 course meal plus lots of exciting items to bid for together with a raffle.  Tickets available from Toucan’s, Bampton Greengrocers or telephone 01398 332837 (Angela).

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July 2016 – Bampton’s Secret Gardens – open your garden to admiring visitors or visit other beautiful Bampton gardens.  Cream teas will be available at Court Grove featuring many home made cakes together with the traditional Devon (or Cornish if you prefer!) cream tea. Poster here!

Saturday 9th July 2016 – Scarecrow Workshop at the Riverside Hall from 9.30am-midday.  Join in the fun and display a scarecrow outside your house.  To continue our theme of commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday the scarecrow theme is ‘Queens’.  Your imagination or poetic licence can be used here! Gardens Competition application form here. Scarecrow Competition/Workshop info here.


"The gardens of the South West are amongst the finest in the world and the sheer range of habitats, from windswept moorland with a flora not dissimilar to the Tundra, to the sub topical valley gardens of southern Cornwall, make this region able to boast that we play host to the widest range of plants on Earth (fact).

With this palette to choose from, South West in Bloom should be able to serve up a floristic feast beyond compare. The challenge is to push the boundaries of what the compositions are about. Should it be more than beauty? Should they reflect the vital role of plants in our lives? Or should they simply provide champagne in the veins, exuberance that reminds us all that it is good to be alive. All of them I say! Go to, and good luck."

Tim SmitChief Executive - Eden project


Bampton has won a prestigious GOLD MEDAL for its displays and its work on conservation and the environment. This category is now marked using guidelines from the RHS for standards achieved - 85% or more is required for a Gold Medal.

Bampton also WON the Cox Cup for being the best large village in South West in Bloom in 2004 and in 2007.

The New Castle Lawn sign

The new Castle Lawn sign was erected in June 2010 thanks to the generosity of Castle Grove home for the elderly.



National winner 1976


National winner 1989


National winner 1991


National winner 1993


National winner 1998


S.W. Regional winner 1999


'World winner' 1999!


National winner 2000


SW Regional winner 2004


SW Regional winner 2007


Britain in Bloom - the national competition


Full list of 30 years' achievements

Brook Street July

2007: South West in Bloom


- Bampton is the best!

Thanks to all involved.

The Cox Cup


Silver Street


This corner of Silver Street is ablaze with colour and fun every year.

What makes it all possible is the contribution made by many many people in the town - not only helping with the special displays...

... but also in putting on their own displays in window boxes, hanging baskets, outside shops and businesses, and private gardens.


Spectacular anging baskets

An army of volunteers are involved in every aspect of 'Bampton in Bloom' - designing, planting, watering and feeding, and of course, weeding. Looking at the pictures on the rest of this site, you can see just how much time and effort has been involved in making the town look so beautiful.

Even with all the volunteers, the cost of plants, containers, fertilizers, etc. is quite considerable, and we are indebted to the many sponsors whose contributions makes it all possible. Larger displays are sponsored by locals businesses, whereas smaller ones such as hanging baskets may be sponsored by individuals. The new bowser shown here, lovingly restored, is an example of both sponsorship and dedication - Jim and Elaine Goodwin, and Keith Pitt.

You won't believe what the original trailer looked like before restoration - move your mouse over the picture to find out!

The new water bowser

"Gardening is eleven months hard work and one month's acute disappointment!"

Sir John Heathcoat Amory


In November 2000, the Bampton in Bloom committee organised a trip to Cornwall to see the Eden Project. Over 50 people took part and had a remarkable day.

Bampton visits Eden

March 2001 - the next visit to the Eden project was in the first week of its opening fully. Click on the button on the right to see some pictures of the event.

Visit to Eden project in March 2001

July 2001 - you might be interested to see the contrast made by the growth of plants by looking at our Eden Gallery.

Eden Project Gallery

Otter Nurseries

Otter Nurseries at Ottery St. Mary were the source of many of the plants used in our displays and in many Bampton gardens. Click on the otter to go to their web site! Highly recommended.

Check out the Met Office forecast on our front page for weather for gardeners!

For more information about the Bampton in Bloom organisation, contact us by email.


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