Certificates of Merit 2022

In 2022, following RHS briefing, Bury In Bloom front garden judging changed its scoring system.  Gardeners can be awarded more points by having more sustainable elements in their front garden. Additionally houses with no front garden or one used for parking can also be awarded points by introducing floral displays.  For details please read the new points system.  

People who volunteer to be judges have great fun and make many new friends. It is  challenging to ensure no gardens are missed and consistency in awarding highly prized Certificates of Merit is delivered.

Become a Garden Judge

If you would like to join the judging team, please read the guidelines for front garden judges and then if you would like further information please email certificates@ buryinbloom.org.uk.

RHS front gardens new points system 2022

Guidelines for front garden judges

We look forward to hearing from you

Certificates of Merit 2021

See some photos of last year’s awards here at Certificates of Merit gardens 2021

Certificates of Merit 2020

Budding Bury in Bloomers

A team of Bury in Bloom volunteers will be visiting the front of every property looking for the best gardens, pots and hanging baskets worthy of a certificate of merit. The judging will commence on July 13th 2020 and be completed by the 19th. All front gardens, pots and hanging baskets which are visible from the footpath are eligible.

Chance to win a certificate of merit in this years Bury in Bloom for the keenest gardeners

As well as a certificate of merit, there is a highly commended award. David Irvine  Bury in Bloom Coordinator, said: “The highly commended award is for gardens which make a significant impact on the neighbourhood. In addition in 2020 for the first time, we are introducing ‘House Champion’ the best of the best”.


The certificates are awarded to residential and commercial properties displaying attractive use of garden and container grown plants at the front of their property that enhance the appearance of their neighbourhood.

The Highly Commended Award is given to gardens of particular merit.

No entry is necessary and our team of over 90 judges will be looking at front gardens all over Bury St Edmunds in the middle of July and pop a certificate through the door.

We also have a Highly commended award given to those gardens that make a significant impact on their neighbourhood.

If you would like to nominate a friend of neighbour then please let us know.


Bury In Bloom and Hazells encourage gardening in rental properties front gardens.

Left to right, Elizabeth Clement Certificate of Merit Co-ordinator, Melanie Lesser Bury in Bloom Co-ordinator, Mike Ely winner of the voucher, Chris Oakes Hazells letting agents.

Bury in Bloom now offer rental properties the chance to win a £50 gardening voucher if they received a Certificate of Merit from the Bury in Bloom volunteer judges in July.

A previous winner was Mike Ely and his front garden in Crown Street is well know to both residents and visitors alike.

He gets many compliments as people walk towards The Theatre Royal and the Greene King Brewery Café or back into town.

David Irvine, Bury in Boom Co-ordinator, says ‘ We were grateful to Hazells who donated the prize for the competition, which was open to any rented property in the town who was awarded a Certificate of Merit. We hope to run the promotion again with even more tenants of rental properties putting themselves forward for the prize, so watch out for updates.’


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