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Guildford in Bloom

Guildford in Bloom brings together community groups, businesses, schools and residents to promote imaginative ways to make the town and surrounding areas look their best and champion Guildford's natural environment.

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Guildford in Bloom 2017

Our 2017 Guildford in Bloom Competition will open soon.

School Gardening Competition 2017

Our 2017 School Gardening Competition is now open.

Themed 'The seaside', we are looking for imaginatively themed school gardens or novel containers.

Entry is free and easy - simply email the name of your school to lysandra.mcculloch@guildford.gov.uk or use the application form on the right side of the page.

Encouraging learning, health and wellbeing, gardening is a perfect opportunity for young people to get 'green fingered, creative and active'.

There is plenty of time for you to plan and plant. Gardens and containers will be judged between 5 - 16 June 2017 and the Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Your 'seaside' themed gardens or containers could include vegetables and/or encourage wildlife such as birds, frogs, hedgehogs and butterflies.

For more information, read our application form on the right of this page.

Become a Guildford in Bloom Committee Member

We are seeking new Committee Members. For more information, please email Lysandra on Lysandra.mcculloch@guildford.gov.uk or telephone 01483 444715.

Sponsors for Guildford in Bloom

If you would like to become a Guildford in Bloom Sponsor, please download a copy of our sponsors' application form from the Downloads on the right of this page.

Guildford in Bloom gives you an excellent opportunity to promote your business while helping us keep the borough blooming.

You can sponsor a category, or become the major sponsor for the event.

Winners of the 2016 competition

This year 160 entrants took part in 10 categories, from small container gardens to allotments, neighbourhood projects to innovation in horticulture and wildlife gardens to pubs in bloom.

The awards ceremony took place at Burchatt's Farm Barn at Stoke Park with over 250 attendees, including local school children. The night was a great celebration of gardening in Guildford.

In total 158 prizes were awarded; 40 gardeners picked up the top Gold award. Best in Show was Brian Elford for his entry in the Best Allotment category.

The 'Best in Category' award winners were:

  • Best Wildlife Garden - Julia and Roy Wake
  • Best Container Garden - Jack Thornber
  • Best Small Front Garden - Lisa Keech
  • Best Large Front Garden - David Jobson
  • Best Pub in Bloom - Gomshall Mill
  • Best Neighbourhood Project - The Therapy Garden
  • Best Allotment - Brian Elford
  • Best School in Bloom - Shalford Pre-School
  • The Mayors Award for Innovation in Horticulture - Sam Cox
  • The Dorothy Walden Themed Award - HMP Send

Take a look at our video (see below) showing the winners collecting their awards and photographs of their entries. Also, take a look at the list of our Guildford in Bloom 2016 winners.


Blooming Schools Winners - 2016 Novel Container Competition

Shalford Pre-School is the overall winner of the 2016 Guildford in Bloom Novel Containers Competition, with their entry theme based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The school was presented with a trophy, a gold award certificate and £20 worth of National Gardening Vouchers. Visit our  Guildford in Bloom Facebook page to view a video of the winning schools and their entries.

Young Awards Winners 2016 The mayor of Guildford Presents an Award 2016 Guildford in Bloom award Winning Pupils

Table of Blooming Schools winners:

Lanesborough Pre-Prep SchoolGold
Worplesdon Pre-PrepGold
Guildford Children's Centre (Hazel Avenue)Silver-Gilt
Shalford Pre-SchoolGold
Jigsaw SchoolGold
Weyfield Primary Academy SchoolGold
Guildford Montessori Nursery SchoolSilver-Gilt
Guildford Children's Centre (York Road)Gold