Jigsaw has achieved Silver Gilt award in the Guildford In Bloom competition as reward for the imaginative creative work by pupils from across the school. The Silver Gilt certificate was presented to Rob Steer, our Horticulture Consultant on our GardenWorks project, by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning.
The competition’s theme this year was ‘The Seaside’, and the raised flowerbeds at Jigsaw were planted to represent the ocean and the beach, and embellished with models of a ship and fish.
The beach area was laid out with sand, shells and a starfish, edged with different flowers. Beautiful blue lobelias represented the sea, and partly hidden among the plants were the ‘Jigsaw Titanic’ and other cut-out models, of a shark and a brightly decorated fish.
One of the judges said, “I thoroughly enjoying visiting Jigsaw and seeing this entry. As usual Jigsaw had done a fabulous job. Well done to all the students who have worked so hard and to Rob, who helped them with this project.”
The Jigsaw GardenWorks horticulture project has been hugely successful in introducing pupils to sowing seeds, potting and nurturing young plants and then planting them out into beds. Many pupils have become highly enthusiastic gardeners! During one session Jacob in class 11 said he was having so much fun he didn’t ever want the day to end!
Guildford in Bloom is an annual competition with categories including Best School in Bloom, Best Front Garden, Best Container Garden and Best Neighbourhood Project.