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Get involved - Guildford in Bloom 2017 competition is now open

As our gardens and parks show signs of springing back into life, Guildford Borough Council is delighted to announce that this year's Guildford in Bloom competition is now open to enter.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom, commented: "Last year saw a large increase in the number of residents entering this free competition and each year the diversity, quality and beauty of the entries gets better. Whatever the size of your garden, location or gardening style, there is a category for you to enter. Our ever popular schools' competition is a great way for children to learn some basic gardening skills and to help them better appreciate the natural environment."   

The competition has nine free to enter categories to choose from:

  1. Best Front Garden

  2. Best Allotment and Vegetable/Kitchen Garden

  3. Best Garden for Wildlife

  4. Best Pub in Bloom

  5. Best Container Garden

  6. Best Neighbourhood Project

  7. Best School in Bloom

  8. Best Public Building in Bloom (new category for 2017)

  9. The Dorothy Walden Award, given to the best first-time entry in any category

Full details of how to enter this year's competition can be found on our Guildford in Bloom page. The closing date for entries is Sunday 18 June. Judging will take place between 3-21 July.    

Best School in Bloom

This year, the theme of the Best School in Bloom category is 'The seaside'. The judges will be looking for imaginatively themed gardens or novel containers that best represent the seaside. Children's involvement with the design, planting, upkeep and meeting the theme of the competition will score high marks.

(Photo shows a section of Lisa Keech's Best in Category Small Front Garden, Guildford in Bloom 2016.)

Published on Wednesday 22 March.