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The Garden Competition

The Garden Competition

Best Garden Competition 2017 Special Cup winner

The annual best garden competition has been held in Nottingham for more than 80 years. It recognises the genuine pride taken by our tenants and leaseholders in looking after their gardens.

You don't have to be a champion gardener to enter, what we're looking for it enthusiasm, an eye for detail and originality.

**Entries for the 2018 competition are now closed** The categories are:

Area categories - Front gardens, back gardens or both! If your home has a garden to be proud of, this is the category for you!

Best container display - We're looking for handsome hanging baskets, terrific tubs, window boxes that wow, beautiful balconies and perfect planters.

Best community garden - For groups of people working on a glorious garden together (this includes Independent Living communal gardens)!

Best edible garden - For individuals or groups who are growing their own food and eating or donating what they grow


Picture perfect gardens - new for 2018!

This year, we're asking all entries to submit photos of their picture perfect garden for the first round of judging.

Our judging panel will short-list your photographs with all shortlisted gardens visited by our judges throughout July to get our winners. To enter, send us your photograph(s) with your name, address, contact telephone number and details of the category or categories you'd like to be entered in.

How to enter

The easiest way is to email your entry or you can send hard copies to Best Garden Competition, Tenant and Leaseholder Involvement Team, FREEPOST RTKK-UHAY-LJSX, Nottingham City Homes, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NJ.

You can send a maximum of six photos to support your entry. Unfortunately we are not able to return any hard copies we receive.

Entries for the 2018 competition closed Wednesday 27 June.

Great prizes

Everyone who wins a category will get a trophy. There will also be prizes or gardening gifts equivalent for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in category.  

Read the full rules here.