Guildford in Bloom schools celebrate gardens from around the world

Green-fingered schoolchildren celebrated 'The World Around Us' as the theme of this year's Guildford in Bloom Schools Competition. Over a dozen schools, from infants to secondary, used their creativity to design, plant and look after gardens this spring.

Each school was visited by the Guildford in Bloom judges with prizes awarded at a special ceremony at Clandon Park Garden Centre on Wednesday 20 June. The overall winner was Wonersh and Shamley Green C of E Infant School.

Winners of the 2018 Guildford in Bloom Schools competition

Each year group from the school designed and planted a garden from around the world including England, France, China, Japan, Australia, Belize and Italy. Every child in the school played a part in the final garden project and the topic was also discussed in Art and English classes.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom says: "We were delighted with the high standard of entries this year and the creative ways each school interpreted this year's theme, 'The World Around Us'. It's always great to see the enthusiasm with which our young people join in with Guildford in Bloom - long may it continue!"

As part of the ceremony a beekeeper talked to the children about the importance of growing bee-friendly plants. Clandon Park Garden Centre also ran a potting class which gave each child a memento to take home and grow.

This year's winners were:

Lanesborough Pre-Prep School    Silver Gilt
Unstead Park School     Bronze
Gosden House School   Silver Gilt
Pirbright Primary School    Gold
St Nicolas CE Infant School    Silver
Wonersh and Shamley Green C of E Infant School     Gold Competition Winner
Shalford Pre-School    Silver Gilt
Stoughton Infant and Nursery School    Gold
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School Silver   Gilt
Worplesdon Primary School   Gold
Jigsaw School    Silver Gilt
Kings College   Silver Gilt
Bushy Hill Junior School    Silver Gilt
Wood Street Infant School   Silver Gilt

Picture of winning Garden Wonersh and Shamley Green School

(Pictured: award winners from Wonersh and Shamley Green C of E Infant School with the Mayor of Guildford Cllr Mike Parsons, and some of their winning garden).

Published on Wednesday 27 June.