1989 – Ken Kent, a local businessman and chairman of the Farnham Visitors’ Council, came up with the idea of Farnham in Bloom. His vision was simple: he said he ‘wanted to make Farnham a beautiful place for all by brining flowers into the town’.

1990 – The project was adopted by local resident and national judge of flower arranging Madge Green. She initially recruited five other ladies to form a voluntary working group, which later expanded to 13 people. The group worked alongside Farnham Town Council, local businesses and voluntary organisations.

Each member of the voluntary working group played a role in making Farnham a beautiful town to live, work and visit. Some were responsible for litter picking, others for dead-heading plants and some for removing graffiti.

Every year, the working group adopted a different theme and their keen eye for floral arrangements gave the edge to Farnham’s displays.

Over 15 years, Farnham in Bloom won numerous awards. The list of achievements included awards from South East in Bloom, a special mention in the Queen Mother’s birthday awards and a nomination to represent South East in Bloom.

2005 – After 15 years of shimmying up ladders, the working group decided to hang up their gardening gloves and handed over to Farnham Town Council.

2008 – Farnham Town Council entered Farnham town centre into South and South East in Bloom for the first time.

2011 – Farnham Town Council entered the Large Town category.

2014 – Farnham was invited to enter Britain in Bloom.

2015 – Farnham in Bloom celebrated its silver anniversary.

2016 – This year marks the 11th year that Farnham in Bloom has been led by Farnham Town Council, the Farnham in Bloom community group and a team of volunteers.

2017 – Farnham achieves it’s first ever Gold Award at RHS Britain in Bloom. Madge Green sadly passes away at the beginning of the year.

Farnham in Bloom’s achievements

Town Centre category

2008 – Gold award and Regional category winner

2009 – Silver Gilt award, the Regional Chairman’s award, a Community award and a School award

2010 – Silver Gilt award

2011 – Gold award and Regional category winner

2012 – Gold award and Regional category winner

2013 – Gold award and Regional category winner

2014 – Gold Award

2015 – Gold award and Regional category winner

2016 – Gold award and Regional category winner

Large Town category

2011 – Silver Gilt award

2012 – Gold award

2013 – Gold award and Regional category winner

2014 – Gold award and Regional category winner. Britain in Bloom Silver Gilt Award

2015 – Gold award and Regional category winner

2016 – Gold award, Regional category winner and Best in County Award. Britain in Bloom Silver Gilt Award

2017 – Gold award, Best in County Award. Britain in Bloom Gold Award and joint national Best in Category winner.

 

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