Haywards Heath IN BLOOM

The Haywards Heath IN BLOOM Committee is a community gardening group run by volunteers, and chaired by Cllr Sandy Ellis, who share their horticultural skills with local residents and visitors to Haywards Heath.  The aim of the committee is to stimulate social interactions, make new friends, learn new horticultural hobbies and have a local say on how your community develops and grows by fostering a great sense of community pride.

The Committee organises the Haywards Heath Best Kept Garden competition, which recognises the efforts made by local residents, groups and businesses to keep their local neighbourhood looking colourful, attractive and kind to the environment and encourages everyone to think about their local environment and how flowers, trees and plants can enhance the area and protect our wildlife.

 The Committee also organises regular Litter Picks around the town to help keep our town clean and beautiful and our parks greens, nature reserves and woodlands litter free for the local wildlife and for all to enjoy. 

Haywards Heath IN BLOOM Committee meet every 6-8 weeks and anyone is free to drop in or email brenda.gulliver@haywardsheath.gov.uk for more information on joining the committee or our latest projects.  


Haywards Heath IN BLOOM Committee Members:

Cllr Sandy Ellis - Chair

Michael Figg, Roy Hayward, Sylvia Harris, Alan Colgate, Barbara Lank, Murray Crump, Andy Stempt, Alan John, Brenda Gulliver.


Haywards Heath IN BLOOM Committee Meetings:

The next HHIB Meeting is scheduled for Monday 20th June 2022 at 5pm.


Best Kept Garden Competition 2021


There was plenty of competition in this year’s Haywards Heath IN BLOOM Best Kept Garden competition, with award-winning master fishmonger Sebastian Candelon and his Fresh Fish Shop winning first prize in the Business Category, John Awcock and Sandra Westmoreland taking home the cup for overall Gardener winner and Melvyn Cook being the overall winner in the allotments category.


The awards have been presented annually by the committee for over 25 years and this year included a communal garden category, which was won by Winnals Park plus a special award, made to Carolyn Brading of St Richard’s Church, for the beautiful display of sunflowers in front of the church. The winners received their awards at a special ceremony at the Town Hall, hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Howard Mundin, and the Chair of the Haywards Heath IN BLOOM committee, Cllr Sandy Ellis.

Sandy comments:

‘Thank you to everyone who entered our 2021 Virtual Haywards Heath IN BLOOM Gardening Competition. Our competition encourages everyone in our town to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants and trees can enhance the area and protect our wildlife and is a great opportunity to showcase the variety of gardening talent we have in Haywards Heath!.

It has been truly amazing to see the effort and pride that goes into the planting that makes our gardens, allotments and businesses beautiful for everyone to enjoy. After the last couple of years, more and more people have realised that gardening is a great way to keep active and healthy, is good for our mental health and has a positive impact on the environment. Our warmest congratulations to this year’s prize winners and to everyone who took part, we really had so many beautiful entries and they are all a credit to their community.”

Haywards Heath IN BLOOM Best Kept Garden Winners:

Best Kept Garden Awards:

· John Awcock and Sandra Westmoreland – Overall Winner

· Glynis Downs 1st Place

· Valerie Botting 2nd Place

· Colin & Doris Nichol 3rd Place

· Jacqui Hollister 4th Place & highly Nominated Garden

Business Awards:

· Fresh Fish Shop 1st Place

· The Burrell Arms 2nd Place

· Window Wise 3rd Place

· Paul Masson Funerals 4th Place

Allotment Awards:

America Lane

· Caroline Dixon 1st Place

· Sylvia Wrobel 2nd Place

· E Whitnall 3rd Place

Oathall Avenue

· Shane & Elaine West 1st Place

· Katrina Reader 2nd Place

· Michael Figg 3rd Place

Summerhill Lane

· Melvyn Cook 1st Place & Overall Winner

· Nigel Fergusson 2nd Place

· Vanessa Howie 3rd Place

Vale Road

· Andrew Downey 1st Place

· Victor Hernandez 2nd Place

· Colin Gurr 3rd Place

Communal Garden Awards

· Winnals Park 1st Place

· Mill Hill 2nd Place

· The Heights 3rd Place

· Mayflower Court 4th Place

Special Award

· Carolyn Brading, St Richard’s Church


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