Published: 01 October 2018

How can students help Guildford Blossom? #SurprisingSurrey

How can students help Guildford Blossom?  #SurprisingSurrey

Guildford in Bloom 2018 Student Entry

A group of University of Surrey students and staff were awarded a Silver Gilt and Best in Category award in the 2018 Guildford in Bloom competition, with a garden themed around the women’s vote centenary.

Designed by Business Management student Ben Harbour, the group of volunteers transformed the front garden of a rented student property in Walnut Tree Close.


The gardens design featured a green, white and purple colour scheme, while the planting represented the suffragettes themselves – chained together to depict the movement’s sense of unity and public protests.


The Guildford in Bloom judges highlighted the symbolic nature of the design as “thought provoking and a great credit to the student volunteers who have worked so hard to delight and intrigue passers-by from their local community.”


Speaking at the awards ceremony on 12 September, Ben said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won Silver Gilt and Best in Category in the Student Garden Category. Through this project we hoped to show that students really do care about their homes and the communities they live in.”


There was additional cause for celebration on the night as The Cathedral View Community Garden, a green-space project in North West Guildford which has been supported by volunteers from across the University, also receiving a Silver award in the Best Neighbourhood Project category.

For more information visit: www.surrey.ac.uk/in-the-community




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