Acts of Blooming Kindness from Guildford in Bloom and still time to enter

Capturing the power of flowers, we gave a special Guildford in Bloom twist to the well-known altruistic gesture of 'a random act of kindness'. This year we collaborated with Halow Project students to create 'Acts of Blooming Kindness' to further promote our popular annual gardening competition, now in its 38th year. Entries for 2019 close on Sunday 16 June.

With support and enthusiasm from Project Aspire and the Mayor of Guildford Cllr Richard Billington, last month we potted up and gave away (in acts of 'blooming' kindness) 150 geranium plants to local residents in Park Barn, Onslow Village, Bellfields and Shalford. A further 25 geranium plants were given to shoppers in Guildford High Street.

Lead Councillor for Arts, Parks and Countryside, Cllr Pauline Searle explains: "Guildford in Bloom is our much-loved annual initiative bringing together community groups, businesses, schools and residents to promote gardening and nature conservation, which helps us enhance our beautiful borough while encouraging everyone to get outside in the fresh air and enjoy time with friends and families."

She adds: "Now in its 38th year, it champions our environment, health, well-being and collaboration, while blending the Council's corporate priorities of community, place making and innovation. In 2015 we had 67 entries, last year we had over 250!"

The free competition is open to everyone, of all ages, living and working in Guildford and closes on 16 June. This year we have a lunar theme to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing and we've launched a new category: 'Best Site for Nature Conservation'.

poem for GiB acts of kindness
The Act of Blooming Kindness giveaway developed from suggestions to raise the profile of the Front Garden category while growing the central annual Guildford in Bloom campaign. Students from Halow potted the plants and decorated the accompanying message with ribbons and stick-on bees. Recipients were encouraged to share images of their gift on social media using the hashtag #bloomingkindness and #GiB.

The message accompanying each plant read:

Here is a little flowering plant

With love from Guildford in Bloom

We hope it will keep you smiling

Through spring and summer too

It will need a little water and some rays of sunlight

We hope it will inspire you and make your garden bright

With special thanks to those from Halow and Project Aspire for their support with this project.

Published on Thursday 13 June.