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Congratulations to Sue Clissold, Cheshire Area, Karen Frew, Heather Hume and Cherie Nummy from NIGFAS on passing the National Judges Test on 9th November 2019, a great achievement.  Wishing them every success with their future judging commitments.


The National Judges Committee are:

  • Margaret Rumens, Chairman (South Midlands Area)
  • Joan Magee, Vice Chairman (NIGFAS)
  • Christine Picton (East of England Area)
  • Lesley Sturdy (Home Counties Area)
  • Debbie Wadge (Wessex & Jersey Area)


Download a copy of the latest Judges Bulletin – JUDGES Bulletin Summer 2020

The National Judges Committee meets three times a year in order to oversee the many aspects of judging at both National and Area level. In addition to these meetings, a day is held every 18 months for the 21 Area Representatives to share good practice and exchange ideas. Adjudicators and Instructors also meet at least every 18 months to discuss updates to training and examination procedure.

Whatever the size or location of a flower arranging show, NAFAS Judges are available to help. Judges are qualified at both Area and National level and are always happy to attend work nights at flower clubs to judge and give constructive comments relating to competitive work.

Qualified NAFAS Judges are able to offer their services to agricultural and horticultural shows as well as NAFAS Area Shows, National and International events. We recommend that organisers of Shows invite NAFAS Judges who have undergone rigorous training in order to qualify and who can make unbiased decisions before making awards.

Qualification tests for Area Judges are held regularly within the 21 Areas of NAFAS. A test for National Judges is organsied by the National Judges Committee at least once every three years. Continuous Professional Development is addressed by holding a national conference as often as is practicable.

Training is also held for Adjudications for Judges Tests and for Instructors. Instructors can provide Refresher Days for Areas and certificated sessions for trainee Judges. At times we are also asked to assist with training Overseas Judges and, of course, our Judges are happy to travel to large international events and competitions.

We are honoured to be involved whenever a NAFAS National Show is held, advising on judges, arbitrating the judging team and encouraging competitors.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of judging please do contact the Committee via NAFAS Headquarters.

J43 Plant List for Area Judges Tests OCT 2018

Recommended Reading List July 2016

Aims of Competitive Work

Plant Material in all its forms Sept 2018

Modular Training Programme – Area Training dates

A Judges Conference was held 11-13 August 2017 at the Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham University.

Click here to see images from a class entitled ‘Dare to be Different’ –