Our gallery has now closed to new nominations for Boats in Bloom. However, you can still view the beautiful photos that have already been shared.
Our gardening panel
Our panel will be looking at all the nominations we receive for the special awards and choosing a shortlist that the public can vote for to choose the winners.
John is a fisheries graduate with over 30 years experience in the field of fisheries and environmental management. He joined British Waterways in 1988 as fisheries manager south, advancing to the role of fisheries & environmental manager South in 1993. In 2009, John took over the role of National Fisheries & Angling Manager. His other interests include horticulture and he is a keen vegetable grower. John is also the twice winner of the Percy Thrower Championship trophy at Shrewsbury Flower shower (2013 and 2014).
Julie writes a monthly gardening column in Canal Boat Magazine and is no stranger to gardening on a boat. After spending some time living Warwickshire she happened upon the inland boating world and caught the bug. She had never been on a narrow boat but soon found and fell in love with her little boat, Jade. In another life she'd attended horticultural college and has a life long love of flowers and gardening. Now she combines the two by finding ways to have a floating garden on my boat. There are many compromises but also some advantages – no slugs!
Matthew works in the Trust’s boating team and is a keen gardener who is used to growing in very small challenging spaces. His small shady city garden is just 5x6 meters and is split over two levels. This hasn’t stopped him filling it with a wide range of plants. Matthew’s garden was featured on BBC Gardener’s World in September 2016.
Hilary is a member of the the Trust's North East Waterway Partnership. She is passionate about the countryside, walking and the waterway corridors. She spent 30 years working in Regeneration, involving local communities and the public and private sectors in co-operative decision making and delivery of programmes.
Dr Mark Robinson
Mark is one of the Trust's National Ecologists. He has been with the Trust, and formerly British Waterways, for over 16 years. Prior to this he was an ecological consultant, in the UK and South East Asia, work that resulted in the description of several new species, of rodents, insectivores and a bat, new to science. He provides ecological support to the South Wales & West Waterway, as well as having a national focus, providing specialist support and advice on protected species, particularly bats and badgers, vegetation management and media. He is the national spokesperson, and part of the development team, for the Canal & River Trust annual Great Nature Watch.
Sandra has been with the Trust for over two years and is the Finance & Corporate Services Director. She has a keen interest in horticulture spending all her spare time in her garden with views towards the Chilterns. Sandra's garden is c1.3 acres on various levels with a wildflower area, bog garden, vegetable and cutting garden and the main flower borders are at the top of a very steep slope which fortunately is where the house is. The garden is open under the national garden scheme along with a few others in her village.