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.
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
(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.