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Guildford in Bloom 2021 - winners announced

The Guildford in Bloom competition is Guildford's favourite horticultural competition. It celebrated its 40th birthday with the theme 'Blooming 40'

Guildford in Bloom 2021 Competition Winners Announced

Guildford in Bloom, in their 40th year, were delighted to be able to hold their annual gardening competition this year after taking the competition online during the pandemic.

In line with the increased interest in gardening during lockdown, the entries in all categories were of an extremely high standard, making the work of the judges very hard indeed.

Winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Tuesday 7 September, with entertainment with a gardening and floral theme provided by very talented members of Guildford Jazz. The Awards Ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Surrey's Joe Talbot and prizes were presented by The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Marsha Moseley and many of Guildford in Bloom's valued sponsors.

All entrants enjoyed a glass of fizz and birthday cake as Guildford in Bloom celebrated its 40th year of blooming the borough and encouraging residents, schools and businesses to take an interest in sustainable horticulture and protect wildlife.

Gold and Best in Category winners were:

Best School in Bloom: Glenesk Pre-Prep and Nursery
Best Container Garden: Mr and Mrs Baker
Best Garden for Wildlife: Joint Winners: Johan J. Ingles-Le Nobel and Stephen and Susan Renaud
Best Site for Nature Conservation: Clandon Wood Nature Reserve and Natural Burial Ground
Best Pub in Bloom: Gomshall Mill
Best Allotment/Kitchen Garden: Les and Stella Hind
Best Front Garden - Small: Barbara Owen
Best Front Garden - Large: Peter and Joan Smith
Best Neighbourhood Project: Aspen Close Woodland
Best Young Gardener: Isobel - age 9
Best Themed Entry (Blooming 40): Les and Stella Hind

And the Winner of the overall competition is: Aspen Close Woodland

The Aspen Close Woodland was born from the Covid19 lockdown as an opportunity to turn overgrown woodland in the cul de sac into a place all could enjoy.  Working parties of residents planted over 200 native hedgings, wild rose, elderflower, wild cherry , field maple beech and blackthorn, together with snowdrops, wild garlic and bluebells.

Every generation was represented from students to retirees, and in addition to the planting they have created easy access paths. Self-assembly bird and bat boxes distributed to all children for them to decorate, making them feel part of the transformation, and an upcycled donated shed is now filled with books and puzzles for a free library exchange scheme within the community.

All local skills have been utilised to create a lovely painted logo, an etched name board, and regular meetings take place to continue planning into the future.  Above all, the aim is to 'have fun, keep in touch and put something back into our community'. 

The Guildford in Bloom Judges and committee deemed this project worthy of being the 2021 overall competition winner and hope other communities within the borough follow this excellent example.

Guildford in Bloom Chairman, Councillor Paul Spooner said:  "I am delighted that we have been able to run a successful competition this year in the 40th anniversary year of Guildford in Bloom. Our thanks to all who have taken part and the judges feedback recognises the enthusiasm and efforts of all involved in all categories.  I would like to thank all involved with GiB and particularly the judges for visiting every single entrant. GiB would not be as successful as it is without the support of sponsors and we would like to thank Guildford Borough Council, Silverback Studios and Chapters Financial, our Platinum Sponsors, who along with all of our sponsors allow us to run the Competition. We are also particularly grateful to Guildford Jazz for providing spectacular entertainment for the Awards evening, and to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for being the perfect venue"

Full details of all the 2021 winners can be found on Guildford in Bloom's website and details of the 2022 competition will be posted early in the New Year.

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