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District Schools in Bloom

Update April 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, St Albans City and District Council has sadly decided to postpone this year's full District Schools in Bloom competition until 2021.

However, we will be keeping part of the competition open, which we hope will encourage children to engage with nature and take part in some outdoor and nature-related activities at home during this difficult time.

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Why take part in District Schools in Bloom 2020? Toggle accordion

District Schools in Bloom 2020 is aimed at schools within St Albans City and District that are delivering the KS1 and KS2 Curriculum.

Although we are unable to run the full competition as normal this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we would love to keep the competition open so that children at your school can still take part in some outdoor and/or nature-related activities at home. Getting outdoors and engaging with nature, even at home, will be more important than ever during this difficult time.

We now have 3 fun categories that can be entered this year, and all can be done from the safety of your home. We also have a number of suggestions for outdoor and nature-related ideas and activities that you can safely take part in at home over the coming months. For further details, see How you can get involved.

The categories Toggle accordion

The three categories below are now OPEN FOR ENTRIES:

  • Crafting Nature: Take part in some natural art at home and be a part of the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020!
  • Garden GIANTS!: Try growing the BIGGEST fruit and/or vegetables at home!
  • Super Sunflower Challenge!: Grow the TALLEST sunflower at home! Sunflowers are not only great for pollinators, but they can also be a sign of positivity during this difficult time.                                       

Please see the posters attached for further information about this year's competition.

How to enter Toggle accordion

If you wish to enter this year’s competition, please confirm which categories you would like to enter by emailing greenspaces@stalbans.gov.uk by Friday 22nd May 2020 at the latest.

How we will judge this year's competition Toggle accordion

As we will no longer be able to visit any schools this year for judging, we would love the children to take photos of their work including before/during/after photos of their sunflowers and fruit/vegetables.

Please send us photos of all your entries, along with your sunflower and fruit/vegetable measurements, to greenspaces@stalbans.gov.uk by Friday 18th September 2020.

Perhaps your school could also consider making a photo collage for each category entered! Please share these with us too, by Friday 18th September 2020!

Prizes and certificates will be awarded for the Winners and Runners Up, and goody bags will be given to all schools taking part! 

How you can get involved Toggle accordion

Other activities from home (not part of this year’s competition)

Ask the children to start thinking about ideas for next year’s District Schools in Bloom competition! Perhaps the children could write down their ideas and/or draw pictures for the teachers to consider for next year’s entries! The categories will remain the same next year and will be:

Crafting Nature (*NEW*)

Fabulous Flowers (including the optional Super Sunflower Challenge!)

Scrapyard Scarecrow

Vibrant Vegetables

Water for Wildlife (*NEW*)

Wonderful Wildlife

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

Why not also take part in the Wild at Home project, which is currently being run by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

CultureWood Forest School also has a number of outdoor / nature-related activities that you can take part in. See their Facebook page:

Lastly, for further details on the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020, please also see the following link: 

Dates for your diary Toggle accordion

We really hope that you will be able to take part in the District Schools in Bloom 2020 competition, and encourage children at your school to take part in some gardening and nature-related activities at home. Please see below some important dates for your diary:

  • Closing date for entries: Friday 22nd May 2020
  • Closing date for photos, sunflower and fruit/vegetable measurements: Friday 18th September 2020

The Winners of District Schools in Bloom 2019 Toggle accordion

The Winners of District Schools in Bloom 2019 were:

  • Fabulous Flowers: Cunningham Hill Junior School
  • Marvellous Minibeasts: Wheatfields Infants & Nursery School 
  • Scrapyard Scarecrow: Crabtree Infants School
  • Vibrant Vegetables: Camp Primary and Nursery School
  • Wonderful Wildlife: Margaret Wix Primary School
  • The Super Sunflower Challenge!: Wood End School

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