Awards cel­e­brate the very best of gar­den­ing

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IN­NO­VA­TIVE gar­den­ing in the bor­ough was cel­e­brated as Guild­ford in Bloom con­tes­tants picked up prizes for their cre­ative con­tri­bu­tions.

This year 257 en­trants took part in 9 cat­e­gories - from al­lot­ments and kitchen gar­dens, to neigh­bour­hood projects and wildlife spa­ces, hor­ti­cul­ture, and front gar­dens.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chair­man of Guild­ford in Bloom said: “Guild­ford in Bloom brings the lo­cal com­mu­nity to­gether to pro­mote in­no­va­tive, cre­ative ways to make the town and sur­round­ing ar­eas look their best, and champions our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. It’s won­der­ful to see more en­tries than ever this year, es­pe­cially from lo­cal al­lot­ment hold­ers and pubs. The com­pe­ti­tion has gone from strength to strength – hav­ing grown from 79 en­tries in 2015, to 257 en­tries this year.”

Cllr Richard Billing­ton, Lead Coun­cil­lor for Ru­ral Econ­omy, Coun­try­side, Parks and Leisure added: “We’d like to thank ev­ery­one who worked hard on their en­tries and en­tered a fan­tas­tic range of gar­dens, al­lot­ments, busi­nesses and schools for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. The Com­mit­tee would also like to thank our spon­sors, and the Coun­cil’s Parks and Leisure team for their hard work in sup­port­ing this ex­cel­lent an­nual event.”

Guild­ford in Bloom events this year in­cluded the Pic­nic in the Cas­tle Grounds where more than 1,000 peo­ple en­joyed sum­mer fes­ti­val entertainment, and the open­ing of the flowerbeds, which cel­e­brated 50 years of the Guild­ford Lions Club.

The awards cer­e­mony took place at the Yvonne Ar­naud Theatre with more than 300 at­ten­dees, in­clud­ing school chil­dren, res­i­dents, busi­ness and com­mu­nity groups.

It was a great cel­e­bra­tion of gar­den­ing ta­lent in Guild­ford, with spe­cial guest Joe Tal­bot from BBC Ra­dio Sur­rey as the Mas­ter of Cer­e­mony.

In to­tal, 252 prizes were awarded, with 40 gar­den­ers pick­ing up the top Gold award. Best Over­all Win­ner was Snaky Lane Wildlife Area for their en­try in the Best Wildlife Gar­den cat­e­gory.

The ‘Best in Cat­e­gory’ award win­ners were:

Best School in Bloom: Wey­field Pri­mary Academy School Best Small Front Gar­den: Peter & Joan Smith Best Large Front Gar­den and win­ner of the Best Front Gar­den Tro­phy: Rose­mary Yvonne Tribe

Best Al­lot­ment & Veg­etable Kitchen Gar­den: Les & Stella Hind

Best Gar­den for Wildlife: Snaky Lane Wildlife Area

Best Pub in Bloom: Gomshall Mill

Best Con­tainer Gar­den: Gary Richards

Best Neigh­bour­hood Project: Da­gley Lane Com­mu­nity Project

Best New En­try and win­ner of the Dorothy Walden Award: Peter & Joan Smith

Over­all Com­pe­ti­tion Win­ner: Snaky Lane Wildlife Area

Pic­ture: Guild­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil

Over­all com­pe­ti­tion win­ner: Snaky Lane Wildlife Area

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