The Guildford in Bloom Gardening Competition, which is open to residents and businesses in Guildford Borough launched on 14th February 2022 alongside the Schools in Bloom competition which launched at the end of January 2022.  The theme for this year is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, so judges are expecting to see lots of red, white and blue as well as purple, the theme colour for the Platinum celebrations.

Schools, conservations areas and community gardens will earn an extra few points if they have planted a tree for the Jubilee, and as always gardens that are eco-friendly, peat free, and take care of and encourage wildlife will score highly.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom says:

“Guildford in Bloom are delighted to be able to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by encouraging residents, businesses, pubs and community groups to enter the competition and embrace the theme.  So many people have embraced their gardens during the last two years and tried to grow their own vegetables as well and creating colourful spaces to relax and unwind – the importance of our outdoor spaces is growing.

We hope that our Guildford gardeners will rise to the challenge in the Queen’s special year. Any garden, big or small, private or a business can enter Guildford in Bloom. We’d love to see your photos and stories, please share them on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages by using the hashtag #GIB2022 and show us how you’ve interpreted this year’s theme.”

To take part, please go to www.guildfordinbloom.com to download the entry form, and once completed send that to info@guildfordinbloom.com no later than Sunday 19th June 2022. Judging takes place between 27th June to 15th July 2022.  You can keep up with the competition on the Guildford in Bloom social media pages – visit @guildfordnbloom on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GuildfordInBloom.

The school competition is also underway and children across the borough will be designing and creating their gardens with the Platinum Jubilee theme, and keeping a journal, diary or scrapbook to record their progress. Entries for the Schools in Bloom Competition, sponsored by Edwins Garden Centre,  need to be in by 22nd May 2022 and judging will take place between 7th to 16th June 2022.  Entry forms for this competition can also be downloaded from www.guildfordinbloom.com.

The winner of #bloomingschools will receive £50 to spend on plants or gardening equipment for the school, together with other prizes.

The Platinum Jubilee will also be celebrated at the free Picnic in the Castle Grounds Event on 4 June 2022 – picnic goers will be encouraged to dress up in keeping with the theme and bring flags to wave while they enjoy entertainment from the Castle Bandstand provided by Guildford Fringe Festival.  Picnic is sponsored by Tunsgate Quarter and Experience Guildford.  More details on the Guildford in Bloom website.

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