In Bloom Awards Lifestyle

Green-fingered residents celebrate Guildford In Bloom

Over the course of the summer, green-fingered garden enthusiasts entered this year’s Guildford In Bloom competition and sixty award-winning gardens, allotments and floral displays picked up the coveted Guildford In Bloom awards this year.

Gardeners entered their plots, wildlife gardens and neighbourhood areas for this year’s competition and judges visited each and every entry this summer before deciding on the winners in each category. There was a category for the best wildlife garden and any balcony gardens were recognised within the best container garden category.

The Gold Winner and Best in Category for Best Neighbourhood Project went to Grace & Flavour whereas the Best Business in Bloom saw The Kings Head and The Drummond in Albury awarded Gold, with The Stoke given the Best in Category.

Other winners included:

Best Garden for Wildlife
Gold: Julia Wake
Gold Winner and Best in Category: Joan Cheesman

Best Vegetable/Kitchen Garden
Gold: David Williams
Gold and Best in Category: Geoffrey Tidy

Best Small Front Garden
Silver Gilt and Best in Category: Lyn Worswick

Best Large Front Garden
Gold Winner and Best in Category: Rosemary Tribe

Best Container Garden
Gold and Best in Category: Jack Thornber

Best Allotment
Gold and Best in Category: Bill and Heather Fordham
Best in Competition Rosemary Tribe

The ‘Best Schools in Bloom’ awards were held earlier in the year and Jigsaw Cabas School was awarded the Best in Competition prize. In the photography competition, the under 18 winner was named as Ellie Dennehy, whilst the adult winner was Dan James.

The Lead Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Environment, Cllr Matt Furniss said, “We were really impressed with this year’s great crop of entries. Our green-fingered residents created some beautiful gardens for us to view. We also saw a strong entry from local businesses this year, who help make our town an attractive place for residents and visitors every summer.”

The Guildford in Bloom committee also gave a special thank you to Cllr Jen Powell, who was also recognised recently at the South East in Bloom awards since retiring as Chair after 28 years.

Guildford Borough Council would like to thank their sponsors for this marvellous event, Chapters Financial and Clandon Park Garden Centre, plus their supporters at White Lion Walk. Congratulations to all those that took part this summer, helping contribute to a fantastic summer of Guildford in Bloom!

James Martin