SIB schools awards

More than 60 people including  pupils, parents, teachers and governors attended the schools’ award ceremony for Swansea’s annual gardening competition on Tuesday July 9.

Organised by the Swansea in Bloom group (SIB), the competition was open to all primary schools and special needs units throughout the City and County.

The ceremony, officiated by well known Evening Post columnist and Swansea Sounds presenter, Kevin Johns, was held at the Swansea Scout and Guide headquarters in Brynmill.

Opening the ceremony, SIB Chairman Paul Chillington welcomed the guests and explained how until two years ago the event had been a join enterprise between the Group and Swansea Council, which had provided administrative and financial support.

However, due to financial constraints, this support had been withdrawn in 2017, and there had been no competition in 2018.

Now the Group had reformed, and was managing the event on its own.

He explained the 10 schools which entered this year had been divided into Swansea North, Swansea South and Special Needs.

There would be a gold award in each section, and all the rest would be highly commended. All entrants would receive a framed certificate, and the three gold awards would also receive a framed photograph of their winning entries.

Master of Ceremonies, Kevin Johns, explained how important the SIB annual gardening competition had been to the City over the years.

“The competition has always been a massive event in Swansea, and it really meant something to win an award,” he said. “And many winners went on to represent the City in Wales in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions.”

After presenting the awards he congratulated all the schools on having entered, and said they had made a real difference to their schools and to the community.

“You should all be very proud of your schools,” he said. “And what’s more important, your schools should all be very proud of you!”

The awards

Swansea North

Gold Standard : Penllergaer Primary School
Highly Commended: Clase Primary School, Glyncollen Primary School.

Swansea South

Gold Standard: Cila Primary School
Highly Commended: Newton Primary School, Oystermouth Primary School, Penclawdd Primary School, Sketty Primary School, St David's Catholic Primary School

Special Needs Units

Gold award: Birchgrove Comprehensive School

Photos courtesey of Paul Chillington 

Entries have closed

Entries for the 2019 SIB gardening competition are now closed.

Our judging team will contact all entrants soon and make an appointent to visit your gardens.

Watch this space for more info!

There's still time to enter our great gardening competition

There's still plenty of time to enter your gardens for the great 2019 Swansea in Bloom gardening competition - entries close on June 30th.

The competition is open to businesses, community groups and private individuals.

The categories are as follows:

Business Categories
Best public house, cafe or restaurant
Best small hotel, guest house or bed and breakfast
Best large business or public building

Residential and Community Categories
Best front garden
Best back garden
Best care or sheltered accommodation premises
Best gardens open to charity
Best allotment site
Best community entry

In order to enter the competition you must first register with this website. Once registered, log into the site and you'll see a link to the entry form on the right hand side of the page - simply click on this and follow the instructions.

If you've already registered simply log in using the username and password you chose initially and follow the intructions above.

If you have any difficulty either registering or logging in, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Happy gardening!

Schools competition

Entries for the schools competition are now closed. Judging will take place between June 10th and June 20th.

Entrants will be contacted by the judges shortly.



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Blooming again!

The Schools competition is now open!

bee 705412 640The Swansea in Bloom Group is inviting all primary schools in Swansea to enter the 2019 annual gardening competition.

To enter your school, please register here today - making sure that 'Schools' is selected under the 'Class' option.

The deadline for entries is May 26th, and other key dates will be posted on the website in due course, and notified to you by email.

The Group sincerely hopes as many schools as possible will enter the competition this year, and looks forward to receiving your registrations.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to send us a message.

New officers appointed

The Swansea in Bloom group has appointed new officers and is now gearing up for this year’s gardening competition.

The first event will be the schools competition, which will be judged in June and July 2019. This will be followed by the main competition for individual, community and business entries.

Long standing committee member Paul Chillington has taken over as chairman, and Ian Norton, who’s been managing the website for the past 18 months, is now secretary.

“The SIB volunteer group has now reformed and intends to provide bigger and better events than ever,” said Paul, who remains responsible for taking photos and videos of the winning entries.

“I’ve seen first hand the amazing results of hard work, dedication and commitment shown by so many people over the years, without which SIB could not succeed.

“If you’re proud of your floral displays and are happy to share them with others to encourage new entrants, please let us know. And if you’ve never entered before, now is your chance. The judges are human after all!”

The SIB committee asks any individual, school or business interested in entering this year’s competition to register with the website here.

SIB is still looking for more volunteers to help with the organisation of the competition, and anyone interested can apply through the volunteer form on the website.

Sponsorship is also an issue, and the committee says that any businesses prepared to contribute to the running costs of the competition would receive appropriate publicity.

Paul Chillington concluded: “With your assistance and involvement we can make Swansea in Bloom a first class show of the floral delights on offer in our city and county.”

Until 2017 the city council provided financial and administrative assistance each year, while the SIB volunteers arranged the planning, judging and the presentations.

Funding and support from the Council was withdrawn in 2018 due to austerity cuts and the competition had to be cancelled. Now, however, it’s all set to bloom again.

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It's time to get gardening!

The 2019 Swansea in Bloom gardening competition is now open to all competitors, so gear yourselves up and get gardening!

It's easy to enter the competition - just follow the instructions below.

If you've not already registered on this website you first need to set up an account by clicking on the 'Register' button on the right and following the instructions.

Once you've submitted your details you'll be sent an email containing a link to validate your account. After you've done this you'll be able to log in using the username and password you've just chosen.

To enter the competition once you're registered simply log in and select 'Entry form' from the user menu which appears on the right hand side of the page.

When the entry form appears, all your contact details should have been completed automatically. All you need to do is select the class to which you belong - Business or Residential and Community - and then choose from the categories which will appear on the form.

When you've finished, please check the box to agree to our terms and conditions, click the button to prove you're not a robot, and press submit.

If you have any problems registering, logging in or completing the form, please send an email to

Happy Gardening!


Work with us

We have vacancies for the following voluntary positions:

  • Sponsorship secretary
  • Judging secretary and judges
  • Minutes secretary
  • Vice chairman
  • Committee members

If you can help in any of these positions please fill in this form.

SIB January meeting

The Swansea in Bloom Group will be meeting again at 7pm on Wednesday January 23rd in the community room at the Tesco Extra store, Pontardulais Rd, Fforest-fach, Swansea SA5 4BA.

The Group is still searching for new  members, and anybody interested in joining the committee is invited to attend.

The Group needs specifically a new Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Minute Secretary.

It would be helpful if anyone intending to join the meeting could let us know by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.