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Guildford celebrates its talented gardeners

Innovative gardening in the borough was celebrated last night as Guildford in Bloom contestants picked up prizes for their creative contributions.

GiB Best community project This year 257 entrants took part in nine categories - from allotments and kitchen gardens, to neighbourhood projects and wildlife spaces, horticulture, and front gardens.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom, said: "Guildford in Bloom brings the local community together to promote innovative, creative ways to make the town and surrounding areas look their best, and champions our natural environment. It's wonderful to see more entries than ever this year, especially from local allotment holders and pubs. The competition has gone from strength to strength - having grown from 79 entries in 2015, to 257 entries this year."

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, added: "We'd like to thank everyone who worked hard on their entries and entered a fantastic range of gardens, allotments, businesses and schools for this year's competition. The Committee would also like to thank our sponsors, and the Council's Parks and Leisure team for their hard work in supporting this excellent annual event."

Guildford in Bloom events this year included the Picnic in the Castle Grounds - where more than 1,000 people enjoyed summer festival entertainment, and the opening of the flowerbeds, which celebrated 50 years of the Guildford Lions Club.

The awards ceremony took place at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre with over 300 attendees, including local school children and a range of local residents, business and community groups. The night was a great celebration of gardening talent in Guildford, with special guest Joe Talbot from BBC Radio Surrey as the Master of Ceremony. GiB Best container

In total, 252 prizes were awarded, with 40 gardeners picking up the top Gold award. Best Overall Winner was Snaky Lane Wildlife Area for their entry in the Best Wildlife Garden category.

The 'Best in Category' award winners were:

Best School in Bloom: Weyfield Primary Academy School

Best Small Front Garden:  Peter and Joan Smith

Best Large Front Garden and winner of the Best Front Garden Trophy: Rosemary Yvonne Tribe

Best Allotment and Vegetable Kitchen Garden:  Les and Stella Hind

Best Garden for Wildlife:  Snaky Lane Wildlife Area

Best Pub in Bloom:  Gomshall Mill

Best Container Garden:  Gary Richards

Best Neighbourhood Project:  Dagley Lane Community Project

Best New Entry and winner of the Dorothy Walden Award:  Peter and Joan Smith

Overall Competition WinnerSnaky Lane Wildlife Area

The full list of winners is available on our page Winners of Guildford in Bloom 2017

Photos: background image shows Snaky Lane Wildlife Area; top of page: Dagley Lane Community Project; centre: Gary Richards' Best Container Garden.

Published on Friday 15 September.