School children make a major contribution towards the success of Farnham in Bloom. To get children involved and interested in their environment we run a number of competitions and activities aimed at children.

Schools’ competitions Results 2018

The full results of the schools competition are:

Hanging Baskets (judged by the Mayor of Farnham) 

1st – Badshot Lea Infants School

2nd – The Ridgeway Community School

3rd – Folly Hill Infants School

Very Highly commended – William Cobbett School

Very Highly commended – The Abbey School

Very Highly commended – St Mary’s

Very Highly commended – Highfield South Farnham

Highly commended – Potter’s Gate School

Highly commended – South Farnham Infants

Highly commended – All Saints Infant School

Highly commended – Rowledge Infant School

Highly commended – Westchester Nursery

Commended – Hale School

Commended – Tootsies Nursery

Commended – South Farnham Juniors

Commended – St Andrew’s Infant School

Best Flower in a Boot (Judged by Farnham Town Council officers) 

1st – Potter’s Gate School

2nd – South Farnham Juniors

3rd – Badshot Lea Infant School

Very Highly commended – William Cobbett School

Very Highly commended – Curious Explorers

Very Highly commended – Folly Hill Infant School

Very Highly commended – South Farnham Infants

Highly commended – St Peter’s School

Commended – Tootsies Nursery

Best Scarecrow (Judged by Farnham Town Council officers) 

Gold – The Abbey School

Silver – South Farnham Infants

Bronze – South Farnham Juniors

Very Highly commended – Curious Explorers

Highly commended – Westchester House Nursery

Highly commended – Potters Gate

Best School Garden (Judged by local gardening guru John Negus) 

Gold – Badshot Lea Infant School

Silver – St Peter’s Primary School

Bronze – The Ridgeway Community School

Very Highly commended – Folly Hill Infants School

Very Highly commended – William Cobbett School

Highly commended – Hale School

Highly commended – The Abbey School

Highly commended – St Andrew’s Infant School


Hanging basket competition

Local school children visit our greenhouses and plant several hanging baskets. One basket is kept for display in Central car park while the others are looked after in school by the children.

In July, the Mayor of Farnham visits the participating schools to judge the baskets.

Scarecrow competition

Children are challenged to design and build a scarecrow. It can be traditional or a fictional character from a book or film. The scarecrows will be displayed on Dogflud Way, outside Lidl, to welcome visitors and the judges of Farnham in Bloom to the town. The Mayor will choose the winning creation in late June.

Grow the tallest sunflower

We have delivered sunflower seeds to local schools with an invitation to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. The sunflowers will be measured in early September.

Produce the largest pumpkin

We have provided three pumpkin plants to each school that wishes to take part in this competition. We will visit in late September to measure the pumpkins and to find out who managed to grow the largest one!

Flower in a boot

A competition that will see children being challenged to put their best foot forward, get creative and grow a flower in a boot! See our flower in a boot if you would like to try this out at home for fun. The schools’ entries will be judged in early July.

Secret Gardens

For many schools, the garden plays a very important part in school life. Some use it as an outdoor space for quiet play while others use it as a resource to learn about plants and to observe wildlife. We hope to see some of these gardens entered into this year’s Secret Gardens competition.

Gardening workshops

In April we hold a number of gardening workshops aimed at parents/carers and their children. The workshops are enjoyed by everybody and these are some of the comments we receive:

“Learning about gardening in a fun and practical way was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Phoebe was very proud to bring home her handiwork; gardening apron (recycled from a compost bag – ingenious!), along with freshly potted sweet peas, chard, salad leaves and broad beans.”

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and everyone else involved in putting on last Thursday’s Gardening Workshop. Martin and the team, were friendly, patient and informative.

“I can’t praise the workshops enough, it was a fantastic family activity to do together and we couldn’t believe we got to bring home some plants as well so thank you. Please keep us on the mailing list for future workshops as Isabella has already asked when the next one will be. Many thanks once again we thought it was superb.”