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Guildford in Bloom Invite Entries for 2022 Competition

Published on: 18 Feb, 2022
Updated on: 22 Feb, 2022

The 2022 Guildford in Bloom gardening competition was launched this week (February 14) in addition to its Schools in Bloom competition launched at the end of January.

The theme for this year is the Queen’s platinum jubilee. 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 extra 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.

To take part, go to to download an entry form, and once completed send to no later than Sunday, June 19.

Judging takes place between June 27 and July 15.

Entries for the Schools in Bloom competition, sponsored by Edwin’s Garden Centre, need to be in by May 22 and judging will take place between June 7 and 16. Entry forms for this competition can also be downloaded from the above website.

The winning school will receive £50 to spend on plants or gardening equipment, together with other prizes.

Guildford in Bloom’s 2021 category winners, sponsors and committee, at the awards ceremony held at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Tuesday, September 7.

The chairman of Guildford in Bloom, Paul Spooner, said the competition is encouraging residents, businesses, pubs and community groups to enter and to embrace the jubilee theme.

He added: “So many people have embraced their gardens during the last two years and tried to grow their own vegetables as well as creating colourful spaces to relax and unwind – the importance of our outdoor spaces is growing.

“Any garden, big or small, private or a business can enter. 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.”

You can keep up with the competition on the Guildford in Bloom social media pages – visit @guildfordnbloom on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook, click here.

The jubilee will also be celebrated at a picnic in the Castle Grounds on June 4.

Picnic-goers will be encouraged to dress up in keeping with the theme and take flags to wave while they enjoy entertainment from the bandstand provided by Guildford Fringe Festival.

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