Guildford Borough Council launches In Bloom contest

High-scoring authority announces plans for national competition at RHS Wisley

A Surrey council that scored the highest marks in a government performance assessment is kicking off its In Bloom competition at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden, Wisley this week. The Audit Commission rated Guildford Borough Council excellent in a performance assessment. The council’s championing of many community initiatives such as the In Bloom contest won praise from the commission inspectors. In addition to Guildford in Bloom, the council will be holding the sixth annual school’s nursery open day on 26 May — an educational guided tour around the council’s nursery that gives local schoolchildren the chance to learn about plants and flowers. Councillor Jen Powell said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to all our residents, schools and businesses, which make the borough so lovely. Our roundabouts are a great welcome to the town. All are sponsored by different businesses and schools, as are the hanging baskets and troughs throughout the town centre and beyond.” The area’s parish councils have also received some praise. Powell said: “The parish councils do a lot of planting to enhance the verges and roundabouts. There is great community pride in the borough.” - On 5 May, the RHS will announce plans for a multi-million-pound glasshouse at Wisley. A representative said the money will come from a mixture of private and public sources.

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