There is nothing better than a beautiful environment to lift the spirits. With this in mind, since 1992 the Society has organised Retford-in-Bloom to acknowledge the horticultural efforts of house-holders, shops and pubs.  Community Projects are also recognised for the benefits they bring to our local environment and various competitions have been run with schools.  Residents of Retford are encouraged to make nominations through newspapers, leaflets, the internet or contacting the Civic Society. In addition, committee members cover the 4 Wards of Retford to compile a short list for our professional judges, who make the final decision.

Awards are presented annually in the autumn at our Presentation Evening in the Town Hall which is always enthusiastically attended by nominees and supporters. 

When you are walking around Retford, why not make a note of gardens that give you pleasure and when the time comes, nominate them for recognition?



Retford-in-Bloom – 2020

Unfortunately, the pandemic has meant that our annual project, Retford-in-Bloom, has not fully happened this year.

In most cases shop fronts did not have their usual magnificent floral displays, although many of the pubs, despite the restrictions on their profitability, managed to cheer us up with colourful and welcoming displays.

Once restrictions are lifted we must remember to shop, eat and drink locally if we want our town centre to survive.

Some good news this year was that North Notts BID and Strawson Property Limited have agreed to carry forward their sponsorship of the hanging basket scheme to 2021 and Retford Rotary Club are also allowing their financial support to move into 2021.

Schools and Pre-School Centres had received their potato growing kits before lockdown and a number have managed, by various means, to grow them during the crisis and have received recognition and books on gardening for children.

Unfortunately, our Presentation Evening planned to take place in September had to be cancelled.

A special mention must be made to the Retford-in-Bloom Committee, Bob Davenport, Alan Laurie, Adrian Sumner, Lesley Sumner, Derek Turner, Joan Turner and Jan Williamson whose enthusiasm and involvement have made Retford-in-Bloom happen in this strange year.

The winners of the 2020 competition were:

Front Gardens:

East Ward – Small    1st 155 Moorgate.         2nd 27 Holly Road.           3rd 42 Brixworth Way.

East Ward – Large    1st 17 Cornwall Road.  2nd 13 Durham Grove.      3rd 12 Park Lane.

North Ward – Small   1st 18 Boundary Walk. 2nd 28 Sandringham Way.  3rd 21 Badgers Close.

North Ward – Large   1st 118 Cambourne Crescent.  2nd  1 Tiln Court.  3rd 20 Clifton Way.

South Ward – Small  1st  17 Gleneagles Way.  2nd  19 Kingsmead.       3rd  50 The Oval. 

South Ward – Large  1st 33 High Street.         2nd   26 The Oval.            3rd  2 Haddon Road.

West Ward – Small   1st  The Barn, Rectory Road.  2nd 40 Daryl Road.  3rd  45 Chancery Lane.

West Ward – Large  1st=  9 West Park Place & 30 Ordsall Park Road 2nd 7 West ParkPlace.                  3rd  Ordsall Park Road.

Waterside Gardens:

1st  7 Chesterfield Drive.         2nd  17 Osberton Road.        3rd  8 Pennington Walk.

Consistent Achievement Award – Front Gardens:     1 St Helen’s Road

Schools Potato Growing

Secondary:      1st  Retford Oaks Academy

Primary:          1st  Bracken Lane Primary Academy     2nd   Carr Hill Primary School                                      3rd=  Thrumpton Primary Academy & Ordsall Primary School

Pre-School:        1st  Claremont House Nursery School   2nd  West Street Pre-School

Pubs:       1st=   The Brick and Tile & The Black Boy        2nd=  The Gate Inn & The Dominie Cross

Community Award:    Bassetlaw District Council Parks Department &   Trinity Hospital Gardens