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Volunteering to help with Guildford in Bloom

We are looking for volunteers to help with our annual Guildford in Bloom competition, and assist with related events and newsletters. Find out how you can get involved.

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Formed in 1981, Guildford in Bloom is a campaign and a gardening competition that brings together community groups, businesses, schools and residents to promote imaginative ways to make our Borough look its best.

It also aims to promote health and wellbeing, community working, and champion Guildford's natural environment.

In 2015 we had 67 entries for the gardening competition. We now have over 200 entries. The culmination of the year is our prestigious awards show where hundreds of people get recognised for helping to make Guildford Borough a lovely place to live, work and visit. 

Volunteer opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help with: 

  • building the campaign and reaching out to community groups, businesses, schools and residents.

  • encouraging and promoting health and wellbeing, community working and Guildford's natural environment. 

  • running the gardening competition for residents, businesses, schools and community groups.

  • organising events such as the 'Picnic in the Castle Grounds' which is a fun, free community event bringing together over a thousand people to enjoy music and entertainment in the Castle Grounds. We also attend other events, including Surrey County Agricultural Show and Guildford Farmers' Market to promote Guildford in Bloom and its sponsors and supporters.  

  • producing our biannual newsletter. If you enjoy design and writing, you could get involved with creating the Guildford in  Bloom newsletters. Each newsletter has competition guidance, gardening, growing and wildlife information, stories, games and details about our sponsors and supporters.  

  • sending out regular updates to our supporters on social media.

  • raising sponsorship. What's not to love about gardens? Companies love having their name connected with so many positive and engaged people whilst helping to enhance the borough. The much valued 'feel good factor' abounds for all who get involved in Guildford in Bloom. 

  • offering gardening knowledge and skills. If you're a keen gardener, you may like to help with community gardening or judging our competitions. 

How to get involved

For more information about volunteering for Guildford in Bloom, and an informal chat about what you would like to help with, please contact Lysandra on: 01483 444715 or email: lysandra.mcculloch@guildford.gov.uk.