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Woking in Bloom

Service update: The 2020 Woking in Bloom competition has been cancelled. It is hoped that the competition will return in 2021.

This change in response to the Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing and essential services only requirements. In line with national policy, we have adjusted our normal working practices and service delivery until further notice. The majority of our services remain operational and we are prioritising vulnerable residents.

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Each year we organise the Woking in Bloom competition to celebrate the gardening excellence of our residents. The competition encourages residents and local businesses to make Woking a brighter, greener place to live.

Competition categories

Entries are divided into seven main categories and two special awards:

  • best large front garden
  • best small front garden
  • best hanging basket
  • best tub or container
  • best floral public house
  • best kept community (shared) garden
  • best school environmental garden
  • special award: best new entrant for newcomers to Woking in Bloom
  • special award: best wildlife garden, organised by Woking Environment Action.

Judging criteria

Judging takes place in July each year and there is always an emphasis on the use of environmental practices in accordance with the five main aims of the Woking Environment Action initiative:

  • reduce water use in the garden
  • cut down on use of pesticides and inorganic fertilisers
  • use alternatives to peat
  • compost kitchen and garden waste
  • attract wildlife and create habitats.

All winners are invited to attend an awards presentation in September and meet the Mayor of Woking, competition sponsors and judges. 

2019 winners

Best large front garden

  • 1st place: Barry and Pam Gray
  • 2nd place: Jo Louca
  • 3rd place: Mrs E Gregory

Best small front garden

  • 1st place: David Austin
  • 2nd place: Jeffery Perrin
  • Joint 3rd place: Odell d'Apice and Simon Gregory

Best hanging basket

  • 1st place: Hazel Webb
  • 2nd place: Michael Bolger

Best floral public house

  • 1st place: The Royal Oak
  • 2nd place: The Red Lion
  • 3rd place: The Cricketers

Best school environmental garden

  • 1st place: Horsell Junior School
  • 2nd place: Knaphill Lower School
  • 3rd place: The Park School

Best new entrant

  • 1st place: Peter Syder

Best wildlife garden

  • 1st place: Morgan Morton
  • 2nd place: Jill Parker
  • 3rd place: Stephen and Louise Hornby

Community Garden

  • 1st place: Sheerwater together Gardeners
  • 2nd place: Brockhill
  • 3rd place: Homeworth House