Guildford in Bloom Schools 2023
We are delighted to launch our Guildford Schools in Bloom awards for 2023. As always we are really looking forward to seeing the gardens and talking to the children about them.
Enter your school in the 2023 Guildford Schools in Bloom competition. Your completed application form needs to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 May 2023 to qualify for entry.
For help with your garden, sign up for our Twilight Session on 6 February 2023 - Book here:
Judging will take place between 5 to 16 June 2023.
Our theme this year is For King and Countryside. We are looking for imaginatively themed gardens and novel containers that reflect the coronation of King Charles III but in recognition of the new King’s lifelong love of nature conservation it is also essential that your garden includes at least 5 things that proactively promote the wellbeing of wildlife.
The Kings Coronation can inspire the colours in your garden as well as planters and ornaments, but we also want to hear bees buzzing and see what you are doing to attract and care for all wildlife. Extra points can be gained for a Peat Free garden.
Think creatively about the containers you will use. Recycling used containers and objects would be a great idea.
We want you to have fun designing, planting and looking after your gardens and saying hello to all the wildlife.
Competition Details: Free to enter and open to all schools in the Borough of Guildford. If you would like to get involved, please complete the form, and email it to :-email@example.com
Competition Closing Date: 21 May 2023.
Judging Dates: 5-16 June 2023 (We will confirm the exact date with you nearer the time). If you are using novel containers, up to four will be judged for each entry.
The date and venue of the Awards Event will be advised as soon as possible.
Important Blooming Diary Dates
21 May 2022 Best School in Bloom entry deadline
3 June 2023 Picnic in the Castle Grounds
5-16 June 2023 School Gardening Competition Judging
18 June 2023 Guildford in Bloom Competition entry deadline
4 July 2023 School in Bloom Awards
28 June to 15 July 2023 Guildford in Bloom Competition Judging
7 September 2032 Guildford in Bloom Competition Awards Ceremony.
The Theme – For King and Countryside
This year our theme, although centred around the Coronation of King Charles III which takes place on 6 May 2023 – just before the closing dates for our competitions, will embrace causes close to The King’s heart.
King Charles III has campaigned passionately throughout his time as Prince of Wales for wildlife and the countryside. So this year we are rewarding gardens and allotments that have a number of elements to attract and protect bees, butterflies, bugs and other wildlife.
To qualify for a Themed Garden Award – and for the Schools in Bloom competition you can include any interpretation of the Coronation but must also include (5) of the following (10) features.
A Nectar Café – plants for bees, butterflies and other pollinators
Bug Hotel or log pile
Bird Bath – making sure it includes stones so insects can climb out
Be part of a Hedgehog Corridor
We will also be looking for a plastic fee environment unless the plastic item is being recycled i.e. milk bottles used as planters.
To Help You
We also want to see examples classroom work incorporating Gardening. Ideally a topic book with photos and details of the work the children have done.
We would especially love to hear from you if your school hasn't entered before - or hasn't entered for a few years - and we realise you might need a little bit of help - so we are including these links to some very useful websites.
The Queen’s Green Canopy: Plant a Tree for the Jubilee - The Woodland Trust - https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/queens-green-canopy/