We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Boats in Bloom

We’re celebrating the people whose green fingers and gardening achievements help make our waterways such pleasant places to visit. This summer we’ll be presenting certificates to those whose plants, flowers and vegetable displays make a positive contribution to our canals and rivers.

The certificates are our way of saying a big thank you to everyone who boosts our ongoing work to make our waterways green and attractive places which everyone can enjoy. Gardening efforts on and besides our waterways help;

  • Brighten up these spaces for everyone, making them a nicer place to boat, walk and cycle.
  • Provide habitats and food sources for birds, insects and other wildlife.
  • Contribute to reducing the impact of extreme weather, for example helping heavy rain soak away reducing the risk of “flash-floods”, or by helping cool the air and reducing ‘urban heat spots’ particularly in built up areas when temperatures are very high.

Boats in Bloom certificateAs well as presenting certificates to thank everyone who has made a positive green contribution (big or small), we’ll also be giving out some special awards for boaters and other groups who are making an extra-special effort to help make our waterways blooming lovely.

Share your blooming pictures

We’d love to see your pictures of your planting, you can post them on our Trust's Boating Facebook page or tweet them with the hashtag #boatsinbloom or #towpathinbloom. We’ll also feature a selection of your pictures on our website

FoxgloveSpecial awards

We will be inviting nominations for special awards at the start of May. You will be able to nominate yourself or someone else for one of our special awards via our website. More details coming soon.

Boats in Bloom – special awards categories

  • Most flower-filled boat
  • Most edible growing boat
  • Most imaginative use of space

(Special prizes may be awarded to other non-boat floating structures)

Towpaths in Bloom – special awards

  • Best towpath garden or open space (private or public)
  • Best towpath business in bloom (pub/cafe/other business)
  • Best wildlife-friendly towpath (or boating) gardening initiative

Our panel of keen gardeners will look at all of the nominations and select a shortlist for the public to vote on which will decide the special awards winners. Voting will take place between 10 July and 9 August with the winners announced on 14 August.

What's happening when?

  • Launch of Boats in Bloom campaign as part of National Gardening Week  (10 – 16 April)
  • Giving out Boats in Bloom certificates (From 1 May – throughout the summer)
  • Nominations for Special Awards open (1 May – 31 July)
  • Special Awards shortlist published – public vote open (7 August – 29 August)
  • Special awards winners announced  (31 August)

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    Last date edited: 19 April 2017