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St Albans City and District Council's Parks and Green Spaces Team are once again running the District Schools in Bloom competition for 2019!

This is now in its 6th year, and we are really pleased to be running the competition in partnership with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, John O'Conner and Carpenters Nursery.

Why take part in District Schools in Bloom 2019?

District Schools in Bloom 2019 is aimed at schools within St Albans City and District that are delivering the KS1 and KS2 Curriculum. The competition will complement elements of the Curriculum, support school children with their learning and development as well as assisting teachers further with the delivery of some KS1 and KS2 subjects.

The competition provides an opportunity for pupils to learn and develop their gardening skills. All the categories in this competition are based on the theme of wildlife gardening. This will help pupils to understand the vital role that gardens play in providing habitats and refuge for nature and wildlife. These wildlife havens are essential, especially in the face of habitat loss and fragmentation in the wider landscape.

The Categories

There are five categories that you can enter again this year. These also include two new categories. You can enter as many of these categories as you wish:

  • Fabulous Flowers(*NEW*): understanding the importance of flowers, and growing the best selection of flowering plants for pollinators and for wildlife
  • Marvellous Minibeasts(*NEW*): recognising the importance of invertebrates in an ecosystem, and creating habitats for a diversity of invertebrate species.
  • Scrapyard Scarecrow: using reused/recycled rubbish to build a scarecrow(s) based on an environmental theme, which demonstrates a good understanding of a topical environmental issue. The more creative the scarecrow(s) the better!
  • Vibrant Vegetables: learning the principles of growing vegetables, demonstrating how this can be done sympathetically with nature and showing how the produce can be used.
  • Wonderful Wildlife: creating a wide range of habitats within a garden to support a diversity of wildlife.

We also have The Super Sunflower Challenge (*NEW*) (previously the Super Duper Sunflower category), which can be entered alongside one or more of the above categories, or on its own if you wish. This is a fun competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower!

Closing date for entries: Friday 5th April 2019

Entry Form

If you wish to enter this year’s competition, please click here to download the entry form. Please complete and return this to: Lisa Hewitt, Parks and Green Spaces, District Council Offices, St. Peter’s Street, St Albans, Herts. AL1 3JE.

Alternatively you can also confirm your entries by emailing greenspaces@stalbans.gov.uk.

Competition guidelines and judging criteria

You can view the competition and judging guidelines online here.

How you can get involved

For further information on wildlife gardening, and ideas for possible activities, please visit the following pages on the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust website:

You may also wish to visit the Grebe House Wildlife Garden, which is located next to the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust head office in Verulamium Park, St Albans. This is an excellent example of a wildlife garden. Please click on the link below for further information, and for the opportunity to leave your feedback on the garden via a short survey.

Please note that Grebe House Wildlife Garden is open on week days, between 10am and 4pm. If you wish to visit the garden with a school group, please contact the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust beforehand for copies of wildlife spotter sheets and/or a paper copy of the survey for the pupils to complete. Please also note that unfortunately guided tours of the wildlife garden cannot be guaranteed.

Dates for the diary

Closing date for entries: Friday 5th April 2019
Judging will commence: week commencing Monday 1st July 2019
Awards Ceremony: Friday 20th September 2019, 5:30pm to 7pm. All the Winners and Runners-up will be announced, and certificates and prizes will be presented during the evening.

Last Year's Winners

The Winners of District Schools in Bloom 2018 competition were:

  • Perfect for Pollinators: Manland Primary School
  • Scrapyard Scarecrow: Wood End Primary School
  • Super Duper Sunflower: Wheatfields Infants and Nursery School
  • Vibrant Vegetables: Camp Primary School
  • Wonderful Wildlife: Skyswood Primary School

Date of last review: 06 March 2019