Retford in Bloom

by | 31 May 2024 | Environment, Retford

Gardens throughout Retford are now bursting with colour as we move into the summer months.

It is also the time when plans for this year’s Retford in Bloom competition finally see the light of day and everyone within the town is encouraged to work towards the show that always illuminates Retford with floral delights.

The annual display never fails to cheer up even the darkest day and makes life more pleasant for all who live, work or visit Retford. A visit to Kings’ Park at any time of the year is a rewarding experience and Bassetlaw District Council is sure to provide wonderful displays throughout the summer – but it is the floral displays provided by individuals which will be judged and rewarded by the Retford in Bloom panel.

This year the competition will be judged in early August, with the presentation ceremony taking place, at Grove Street Methodist Church on Wednesday 25th September at 6.30pm. A date for your diary!
Nominations or entries are sought from members of the public for inclusion in the following categories:

  • Best front garden
  • Best waterfront garden
  • Best floral shop / business front
  • Best public house display
  • Best community environmental project
  • Primary school and secondary school – schools may submit any gardening or growing project they are involved in and / or they can take part in the potato growing competition.

This is your chance to reward all those who brighten up our lives by bringing colour to the town. Next time you stop to admire a garden as you pass it by, make a note of the address and when you get home put pen to paper!

Entries are limited to those within the boundaries of the town and may be made by phoning Derek Turner (this year’s coordinator of Retford in Bloom) on 01777 702929 or email your choice(s) to

Nomination forms are also available from The Hub, Cannon Square; Denman Library, Churchgate and Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street.
Entries should be received by Saturday 27th July, entitling your email ‘Retford in Bloom’.

You could even nominate yourself or a member of your family! Don’t forget to look out for the results which will be published after the Presentation Evening in September.