Alton In Bloom 2018


Alton In Bloom is a annual competition run by Alton Town Council in recognition of the residents, businesses and volunteers in the community that contribute to making Alton "Blooming" beautiful.

You can download a copy of the 2018 entry form here. The competition is open to residents and local businesses.  All the entries will be judged by photographs (a maximum of two digital photographs per category). If you are unable to take the photographs yourself, Alton Town Council will be happy to help. 


1. Best Small Garden or Patio (under 5 meters)

2. Best Large Garden or Patio (over 5 meters)

3. Best Individual Planted Container  

4. Best Unusual Individual Planted Container

5. Best Commemorative Display

6. Best Community Group Garden

7. Best Schoolchildren's Garden (Pre-School and Primary School)

8. Best Neighbourhood Area

9. Best Residential / Retirement Home Garden

10. Best Commercial Building

11. Best Shop Window Display

12. Alton Horticultural Society - Tallest Sunflower

The closing Date for the Tallest Sunflower is Monday 20th August 2018.

The closing Date for Alton In Bloom is Friday 29th June 2018.  

Alton Town Council also provide the displays on lamp-posts and other flower beds around the Town including: The Town Hall, The Assembly Rooms and Lawn, Miss Bells Fountain, Public Gardens and the trough at the Butts Green.

For more information please contact Natalie Beckell, Community & Events Officer on Tel: (01420) 83986 or email:

2018 Scarecrow Competition

Alton in Bloom

Annual Scarecrow Competition

30th June 2018

Alton Assembly Rooms

organised by Alton Horticultural Society

The Scarecrow competition is for children aged 11 years or under**

Family help is allowed to make the frame but the scarecrow shouldessentially be the work of children. The Scarecrow should be made of natural materials - no plastic faces.

It does not have to be large, perhaps use clothes that have become to small

There are two categories individual entries and group entries (Schools, Playgroups, Young People's organisations).

First, second and third prizes are awarded in each category (something to grow donated by Garthowen Garden Centre) and the overall winner will hold the Scarecrow Trophy for a year.

It is not necessary to enter in advance, there is no entry fee - bring the scarecrow along on the day. 10.00am - 12 noon.

The scarecrows remain on until 2.00pm to enable members of the public to vote for their favourite scarecrow

The Scarecrow competition has been extended to include art. Paper & crayons will be available for children to draw a scarecrow. Come along, draw a picture and receive a plant – a hardy perennial grown by members of Alton Horticultural Society

Parents can draw a picture for younger children to colour.

** including all year 6 at junior school