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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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School Gardening Competition 2019

Entry to the School Gardening Competition 2019 is now open!

Our theme for the competition in 2019 is "The Colours of Summer".

Competition brief

We are looking for imaginatively themed gardens and novel containers. We would like you to think about the following:

  • What does Summer mean to you?

  • What plants will you use in your garden?

    • We particularly like plants that are grown from seed.

    • We also like vegetables and plants that attract wildlife.

  • What containers will you use?

    • Up to four containers will be judged for each entry.

    • Using recycled containers and objects would be good.

The judges hope that you have lots of fun designing, planting and looking after your gardens.

How to enter

Please read the terms and conditions below and use our online form to enter the competition.

Terms and conditions

  • The competition is open to all schools in, or close to, the Borough of Guildford. You must have pupils in the school who live in the Borough of Guildford.

  • Entries must be received by the competition closing date of Friday 24 May 2019.

  • If you are using containers for your entry, up to four will be judged for each entry.

  • Judging will take place between 3 to 14 June 2019. 

  • Judges will not be able to discuss individual entries and the judges' decision is final.

  • Winners will be notified by email and invited to the awards ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at Clandon Park Garden Centre.

  • A list of winners will be published on our website and photographs of your garden and the Awards may be used for marketing purposes.

For more information, contact the Guildford in Bloom Coordinator, Lysandra McCulloch  or 01483 444715.



Winners of the 2018 Guildford in Bloom Competition

Green-fingered creativity was celebrated through the theme of 'peace' to mark the centenary of World War I at the annual Guildford in Bloom Awards on 12 September 2018.

The Mayor of Guildford Cllr Mike Parsons presented more than 178 awards and six trophies at the event, held at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Audiences and winners were treated to a show-stopping opening from the Guildford Shakespeare Company while BBC Radio Surrey's Joe Talbot hosted the event.

See our Winners of Guildford in Bloom 2018 page for the full list of winning gardens.

Best in show and joint competition winners are Lisa Keech (Best Front Garden) and The Robin Hood (Best Pub in Bloom).

Here are the category winners:


Best School in Bloom

Wonersh and Shamley Green School

Best Container Garden

Mr and Mrs K Comerford

Best Garden for Wildlife

Pewley Down Volunteers

Best Pub in Bloom

The Robin Hood

Best Allotment and Kitchen Garden

Les and Stella Hind

Student Garden Showcase

Ben Harbour and the University of Surrey Student Garden Team

Best Front Garden

Lisa Keech

Best Neighbourhood Project

Stoke Hospital

Best Themed Entry - Dorothy Walden Award

Snaky Lane Community Wildlife Group

Competition Winner (Joint Winners)

Lisa Keech (Front Garden) and The Robin Hood (Best pub)


Best front garden - Lisa Keech
Best pub garden - Robin Hood

Best Allotment/kitchen garden - Les and Stella Hind
Best container garden

Best garden for wildlife
Best neighbourhood project - Stoke Hospital

Dorothy Walden Award for best themed entry
Student Garden - Ben and University of Surrey

Best school winner

Pictured above: (top row, left to right) Best Front Garden; Best Pub Garden; (second row) Best Allotment; Best Container Garden; (third row) Best Garden for Wildlife; Best Neighbourhood Project; (fourth row) Best Themed Entry - Dorothy Walden Award; the Student Garden Showcase; (bottom row) Best School in Bloom.

Watch the Guildford in Bloom Awards 2018 video to see the winning gardens from the competition.

Winners of the School Gardening Competition 2018

The theme of the competition for 2018 was 'The World Around Us' and the overall winner was Wonersh and Shamley Green C of E Infant School.

List of winners

  • Lanesborough Pre-Prep School    Silver Gilt

  • Unstead Park School     Bronze

  • Gosden House School   Silver Gilt

  • Pirbright Primary School    Gold

  • St Nicolas CE Infant School    Silver

  • Wonersh and Shamley Green C of E Infant School     Gold Competition Winner

  • Shalford Pre-School    Silver Gilt

  • Stoughton Infant and Nursery School    Gold

  • St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School Silver   Gilt

  • Worplesdon Primary School   Gold

  • Jigsaw School    Silver Gilt

  • Kings College    Silver Gilt

  • Bushy Hill Junior School    Silver Gilt

  • Wood Street Infant School   Silver Gilt

The Awards Ceremony was held at Clandon Park Garden Centre on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and the winners were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Guildford Cllr Mike Parsons.

Picture of winning Garden Wonersh and Shamley Green School
Winners of the 2018 Guildford in Bloom Schools competition

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 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.

Become a Guildford in Bloom Committee Member

We are seeking new Committee Members and volunteers to help with Guildford in Bloom. Find out more on our Volunteering to help with Guildford in Bloom page. For more information, please email or telephone 01483 444715.