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Chesterfield in Bloom

Chesterfield in Bloom is our year-round campaign involving residents, businesses, schools, community groups and a wide range of volunteers.

Our aim is to involve more people in improving their local area, the environment and the character of Chesterfield, and we aim to make our town a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.

Our award-winning borough prides itself on the innovative displays you will see in parks, traffic islands and roundabouts. Over the years we have worked hard to improve the appearance of the borough as a place to live, work and visit.

We encourage local neighbourhoods to get active in improving their own areas of Chesterfield. 

Chesterfield’s Still Blooming 2020

In 2020 Chesterfield was due to take part in both the East Midlands in Bloom competition as well as the national competition, Britain in Bloom competition. However, these competitions have been cancelled due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This has also meant the annual Chesterfield in Bloom competition for residents has had to be changed.

Chesterfield Borough Council is therefore launching a new competition for residents called Chesterfield’s Still Blooming that aims to find the best sunflowers in the borough.

There are three categories for which participants can be awarded:

  1. Tallest sunflower - from the top of the soil to the top of the flower (please make sure your picture is taken next to a tape measure).
  2. Largest sunflower - the largest flower head based on diameter or width (please make sure your picture is taken next to a ruler or tape measure).
  3. Most flowers on one plant– the plant with the most flower heads (please try to make sure all flower heads are visible in your photo).


To enter, please send a picture of your sunflower, stating your name and the category you want to enter to

Chesterfield’s Still Blooming will run from May 2020 until Wednesday 30 September 2020. Winners will be given a special certificate and will have the satisfaction of knowing they grew the best sunflower in the borough.

Whilst growing your flowers, you can also keep children engaged by encouraging them to to start a plant diary and track the growth of their sunflower. This is also a good way of teaching them about how plants grow and what they need to survive. The council will be awarding special certificates for the most creative growth diaries. Please send pictures or copies of your growth diaries along with your entry to

May is the best time to start to grow your sunflowers indoors before moving them outside ready to bloom by late summer.

The council will announce the winners on social media and share some of the best pictures from the competition. You can follow the council on Facebook and on Twitter.

Find out more about how to grow Sunflowers on the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) website. 

Chesterfield’s digital flower festival – Grow and Tell

Chesterfield Borough Council is encouraging residents to share pictures of gardens, wildlife and wildflowers they spot around the borough in order to help create a digital flower festival.

The virtual festival, Grow and Tell, aims to collect images from around the borough in June and July that show off some of the colourful flower displays created by residents, as well as wildflowers and wildlife from across the borough’s many green spaces. Residents are also asked to share some of the stories behind the photographs.

 All the images and accompanying messages that are sent in will be placed in a special gallery on the council’s website and Facebook page for anyone to view whenever they need a splash of colour and inspiration.

In order to share your pictures for Grow and Tell please send them to or send them via a message on Chesterfield Borough Council Facebook page or on the Chesterfield Borough Council Twitter.

View the Grow and Tell gallery. 

Sponsoring Chesterfield in Bloom

Local businesses take pride in supporting the Chesterfield in Bloom campaign and helping to improve the town.

A wide range of opportunities are available, including tree sponsorship, hanging basket sponsorship, sponsoring a whole park and the popular traffic island sponsorship.