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Schools in Bloom

The 2024 Guildford Schools in Bloom 
The Winners are announced!

A record number of schools entered our 2024 competition - and all received their well deserved certificates and awards from The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Sallie Barker at Edwins Garden Centre in Clandon.

Huge Congratulations to St. Joseph's Specialist Trust - our 2024 Overall Winner

Here are the rest of the long awaited results:

Silver Award
Walsh C of E Junior School

Silver Gilt Award
Guildford Grove Primary School
Kings College School Guildford
Peaslake Nursery School
Queen Eleanor’s Junior School
Boxgrove Primary School
Christopher Robin Day Nursery
Freemantles School
Glenesk School
Gosden House School
Jigsaw CABAS School
Northmead Junior School
Peaslake Free School
Puttenham C of E Infant School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s Specialist Trust
Wonersh and Shamley Green Primary School
Worplesdon Primary School

Special Awards:

Most Improved : Boxgrove Primary School
Best Vegetable Grower: Gosden House School
Best Wildlife Garden: Worplesdon Primary School
Best First Time Entry: Northmead Junior School
Overall Winner 2024 : St Joseph’s Specialist Trust

Read on to find out what they had to do to achieve their awards ...


Let’s Help Schools Go Greener

Are you passionate about encouraging children to understand the benefits of gardening, growing food, and protecting wildlife? 


Guildford in Bloom have been holding an annual School Competition for many years, designed for children to learn about gardening in a fun and creative way.  We are genuinely amazed by the ideas and application that children can bring to gardening, from nursery level up to teenagers, and the general enthusiasm for the competition from staff, parents, and pupils.


Our competition is free to enter and open to all schools in the Borough of Guildford.  Our theme for 2024 is Wild about a Greener Guildford, with the aim of encouraging more wildlife to Guildford’s gardens such as plants that attract pollinators.  We are looking for imaginatively themed gardens that reflect at least 5 things of the following 10 items that proactively promote the wellbeing of wildlife. 

  • A Nectar Café – plants for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators

  • Bug Hotel or log pile

  • Bee B&B

  • Water Source for birds and wildlife – making sure it includes stones so insects can climb out

  • Growing your own food – lettuce, radish, carrots, etc

  • Bird Feeder

  • Bird House

  • Hedgehog house

  • Composting

  • Wildflower area

We will also be looking for a plastic free environment unless the plastic item is being recycled i.e. milk bottles used as planters, plastic cloches, poly tunnels, etc.  Additional points are given for Peat Free Gardens.

We hope our theme can inspire the colours in your school garden, and encourage children to have fun designing, planting, looking after gardens, whilst saying hello to all the wildlife.

School Judging Criteria

  • Children’s involvement in the design, planting, and looking after the garden

  • Well-planned layout relative to available space

  • Inclusion of plants that attract nature and wildlife

  • Environmentally friendly habitats, including upcycling/recycling materials

  • Overall impression of the garden in relation to our theme – Wild about a Greener Guildford


School Competition Awards

Overall Winner - Trophy, plus £100 prize

Best Vegetable Growers - Trophy, plus £50 prize

Most Improved Garden - Trophy, plus £50 prize

Best 1st Time Entry - Trophy, plus £50 prize


Guildford Schools in Bloom is sponsored by Edwins Garden Centre

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