Cranleigh in Bloom has enjoyed another successful year, bringing vibrant floral displays to the village and submitting a strong entry to the regional South & South East in Bloom competition.
Judges from South & South East in Bloom, which is a precursor to the national Britain in Bloom contest, visited Cranleigh in July to assess the project’s progress. The judges were taken on a two hour long walking tour of the High Street, meeting volunteers and supporters at various points.
The last time Cranleigh entered South & South East in Bloom was 2014, when we successfully achieved a Silver Gilt standard. This was our first entry, before taking a break from the competition last year to establish plans to submit an even stronger entry this year.
Cranleigh in Bloom is a voluntary community organisation with the goal of promoting civic pride, encouraging people to get involved in their community and bringing together various groups of people. The initiative started three years’ ago and each year we have built on the hard work of previous years, gaining support from additional organisations.
2016 has been a record year for hanging basket displays, with over 70 of these proudly displayed by retailers, businesses and charities along the High Street. Everything is organised by a core committee of 12 individuals, from a range of backgrounds and representing a variety of local organisations – including Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, Waverley Borough Council, Cranleigh Parish Council, U3A Gardening Club, Rotary Club of Cranleigh, and the Cranleigh & District Lions.