Please note that the It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) Awards for 2020 have been cancelled by the RHS, who tell us that they have taken this decision after much soul-searching.
Who should enter It’s Your Neighbourhood?
This award is for volunteer community groups who are greening their local environment, for instance residents working together to improve their street, ‘Friends’ improving their churchyard or local park or perhaps an allotment or community orchard group.
It’s non-competitive and any group in the Region may enter, whether or not they’re involved in the Northumbria in Bloom competition.
How is the group assessed?
An experienced Northumbria in Bloom Assessor will visit in the summer to hear about your group’s work and see your achievements. They can give valuable feedback and advice on how to develop your activities and encourage future progress.
Achievements are assessed under three headings :
Community Participation (40%) Environmental Responsibility (30%)
Gardening Achievement (30%)
What is the Award?
The group will receive an RHS Certificate of Achievement, presented at a ceremony in the autumn. It will reflect which of these five levels has been achieved:
Level 1 Establishing 0 – 35 points
Level 2 Improving 36 – 52 points
Level 3 Advancing 53 – 68 points
Level 4 Thriving 69 – 85 points
Level 5 Outstanding 86 – 100 points
How can we enter?
You can enter for IYN 2020 using the online application form. The entry deadline is 12 June 2020 and there is no entry fee.
Please note that if your group is entering for a ‘Special Award’ in the Northumbria in Bloom competition, you may not also enter It’s Your Neighbourhood.
Where can I find out more?
For a fuller description of assessment look at the RHS website, where you can also find some useful information about support and volunteer group insurance..
For more detail about assessment look at the Assessment Form.
For any queries, contact Sabina Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.