2021 Community Garden Competition Winners

It’s that time of year again! We want to thank all of the entrants for joining in and helping make this year’s Community Garden Competition a success. We’ve received so many heart-warming and inspirational entries this year. We deeply appreciate everyone who has shared their local community’s story with us.

So why wait any longer? Keep reading to discover who are our community garden winners!

Snowshill Drive Community Garden

Snowshill Drive Community Garden

In 2019, Andy P. decided that a unused green space just 500m from his front door had potential.

Between donations and personal spends, in 2020 the area has been filled with wildlife-friendly shrubs and flowers. Local businesses donated a lawn mover, a recycled plastic park bench, and a local letting agent donated towards the creation of a rose garden.

Elderly folk who are unable to tend a garden, and people who suffer mental illness have become regular visitors to the garden. Now, the space is a tranquil, relaxing space for the community. Families also use the garden for picnics in the warmer months, and local workers use the space as a lunchtime retreat.

Andy wants to use the prize to help with his next project; creating a shrub border alongside the footpath.

Tadcaster Garden, North Yorkshire

Tadcaster Garden, North Yorkshire

Since 2016, Tadcrafters CIC in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire has supported a range of charities and causes. From promoting craft skills, enabling people to learn new skills and developing social networks in and around the town. 

In 2020, a neglected garden (originally a 17th Century Quaker burial ground) was taken on by the local community. This formed a new gardening group, bringing together existing and aspiring gardeners of all ages to restore the garden. The aims of the project is to create a welcoming, wildlife-friendly space for everyone to enjoy. As well as providing a place to meet, sit, chat, garden and appreciate the surroundings. 

Whilst the project has the support of both the town and district councils, they have no funding resources in place. Therefore, a donation of plants and bulbs would be a very welcome boost to the plans to create a beautiful community garden. 

Gretton Court Sensory Garden, Melton Mowbray

Opening Day – Gretton Court Sensory Garden, Melton Mowbray

Gretton Court is an extra care facility in Melton Mowbray, Leicester. Provided by Leicestershire County and Melton Borough Councils, the facility allows elderly and disabled residents to live independently in a safe environment with the extra support they need.

In 2017 and after 5 years of fundraising, The Friends of Gretton Court (a volunteer group) opened a sensory garden for the use of Gretton Court residents, their families and the wider local community. The garden provides a safe environment to meet and enjoy the outside in a varied garden. Designed to be friendly for the sight impaired and wheelchair users, the sounds, smells and beautiful sights in the garden have helped to stimulate memories and wellbeing, Past residents are also displayed as memory leaves on the feature stainless steel Memory Tree. During the pandemic, the garden has allowed people to meet outside safely.

The volunteer group hope that winning one of our prizes will help continue and extend the objective of the garden by displaying plants and shrubs on as wide a season as possible.

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Stunning Community Gardens in the UK

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, 2020 saw over 3.5 million taking up gardening for the first time. With this new burst of love for gardening, community gardening is on the rise. They can be used to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, provide a place for wildlife, and safe public spaces in urban areas. With hundreds of community gardens popping up around the UK, discover some of our favourite community gardens renowned for their beauty.

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Cornwall

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Cornwall

Near Porthtowan in Cornwall, the Mount Pleasant Community Garden has been developed as a flexible, imaginative community resource. The ethos of the space focuses on providing a productive, sustainable and beautiful community space for all to enjoy.

Mount Pleasant Community Garden, Cornwall

Since autumn 2010, the Mount Pleasant Community Garden has provided an organic growing space for their local community. Now, along with their large onsite growing space, is a rain water harvesting system, and a composting space and polytunnel. Their fantastic community project focuses on increasing the knowledge and access to healthy fresh fruit and vegetables.

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington

A green oasis in the heart of busy Islington. Culpeper Community Garden is one of the most valued green public spaces in the city. Serving as a park and an environmental community project, their organic garden bursts with a rich variety of plants.

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington

The organic garden comprises a lawn, ponds, rose pergolas, ornamental beds, vegetable plots, seating and a wildlife area. It also contains 50 plots including 2 raised beds for disabled gardeners. These small gardens are for community groups, children, and for people living nearby who do not have gardens.

Martineau Gardens, Birmingham

Martineau Gardens, Birmingham

Martineau Gardens form a therapeutic environment of over two acres of organically maintained land, two miles from the City Centre. The Gardens include a substantial wildlife area, formal gardens, a vegetable plot, an orchard and herb beds.

Martineau Gardens, Birmingham

As an oasis for wildlife, a haven of tranquillity, and a destination for an outdoor escape, there are two and a half beautiful acres at this stunning garden worth exploring. The community garden focuses on social inclusivity by promoting volunteers to mix with other people, to join in purposeful activities, and improve their physical fitness and emotional wellbeing.

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2021 Community Garden Competition – WIN £100 WORTH OF BULBS

We’re back again for our annual community garden competition! Are you a part of a local community garden? Let us donate!

We know that during the recent lockdowns and with the public not being able to socialise as much, community gardening projects have suffered. However, with a new year comes new hope that we can get out and garden together again. So, tell us about your community garden group and share how your garden has benefited your local area and community.

We will be selecting three community gardens and donating a selection of bulbs/plants to their gardens. The prizes will consist of a specially selected range of J.Parker’s plants and bulbs, hand-picked to compliment your community garden’s theme.

How to enter

Simply answer this question (in 250 words or less):

How does your community garden support the local community?

Please send your answers to us via email at: [email protected]. (Remember to please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them).

What you can win

There will be 3 prizes for our top 3 favourite community gardens, including:

1st Prize – £100 worth of plants & bulbs

2nd Prize – £75 worth of plants & bulbs

3rd Prize – £50 worth of plants & bulbs

T&Cs

  • Three winning entries will receive a donation of bulbs or plants from J. Parker’s for use in their community project.
  • Entries should be under 250 words. Images can be used so long as your entry email is less than 5mb in size.
  • Send your entries by email to [email protected] (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them) or entry via social media.
  • Entrants agree that, should they be successful, their story and their project may be used in future for coverage on our blog and social channels.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on our blog, on social media or in print.
  • The following criteria will be used to judge entries;
  • How the idea will benefit local communities and environments.
  • The originality of the idea and anything that sets it apart from other entrants.
  • The winners will receive a donation of J. Parker’s products with a value of up to £100 subject to available stock. This will be made up of products of our choosing based on the project described in the entry, cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize. This donation of products can only be used for the purpose outlined in your entry.
  • Competition closes 24th February 2020.
  • Winners will be notified by email before the 28th February 2020.

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Winners Announced: Community Garden Competition

We would like to thank all of the entrants for joining in and helping make this year’s Community Garden Competition a success. We’ve had just over 100 entries, who have shared the story of their community garden via email or social, and we have been moved by how many of you are involved in such amazing and caring communities!

Our 3 lucky winners have been randomly selected and each entry had to answer this question:

How does your garden benefit the local community and how would a donation help it thrive?

Each community garden donation winner has been informed via email about their big win. So, without further adieu… here are this year’s winners!

Catterall Village ‘Chatty Bench’ WIN £30 worth of bulbs!

A little village situated north of Preston in Lancashire are trying to put the heart back into the community with gardening!

They have recently made a community garden. At its centre is a beautiful stone bench, west facing, where we hope people will sit and socialise with others. We are going to call it the ‘Chatty Bench’ and surround it with flowering shrubs and plants so people can sit and be joined by others who fancy a chat. This Chatty Bench is intended for young or old and may be the start of other Chatty Benches in the village. It will enable the lonely, vulnerable, or isolated amongst us to feel connected to the world around us and there is no better way than by being in a garden.

The Chatty Bench team would like to win a bulb donation to organise a community Bulb Planting afternoon and involve families especially children, to help decorate the village with flower bulbs.

Southborough SOS Community Garden WIN £50 worth of bulbs!

Southborough SOS’s mission statement is “Help tackle problem areas within Southborough Community, i.e. weeding, cleaning, vandalism etc. General goings on and events. Let’s help each other”.  

Since April 2019, members of Southborough SOS as well as beavers and cubs from the 19th Royal Tunbridge Wells St Matthews Scout Group have started transforming two areas of land in Southborough into two community gardens. Sadly the area has a mixture of community problems but the gardens have made a vast difference and given the community a huge lift. The local beaver and cub groups now can’t wait to get out and help again this year.  They would like to win a bulb donation to continue the good work started last year!

Leicester’s Hospital Secret Garden WIN £100 worth of bulbs!

This garden based at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester is centred on promoting health and wellbeing.

They have a project underway to restore a neglected Victorian walled garden, to provide not only a haven of tranquillity for the users, staff and visitors of Leicester’s Hospitals, but also an environment and facilities to benefit the local and wider community. Plans for the garden include sensory areas, space for quiet reflection, an organic growing area and open spaces for people to gather.

With a focus on the therapeutic and social benefits of gardening, they would like a donation of bulbs and plants to help provide a valuable and much-appreciated boost to the hospital’s garden.

Our Annual Spring Photo Competition is coming soon so stay tuned!

Community Garden Competition – WIN £100 WORTH OF BULBS

Are you a part of a local community garden? If so, we want to donate!

Whether it’s a tiny wildlife garden, fruit and vegetable plot on a housing estate, or a school garden, tell us how your community garden benefits your local area and we’ll choose three gardens to donate a selection of bulbs/plants to. The prizes will consist of a specially selected range of J.Parker’s plants and bulbs that we will hand pick to compliment your community garden’s theme.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

There will be 3 prizes for our top 3 favourite community gardens.

1st Prize – £100 worth of bulbs

2nd Prize – £50 worth of bulbs

3rd Prize – £30 worth of bulbs

COMPETITION DETAILS:

Simply answer this question (in 250 words or less):

How does your garden benefit the local community and how would a donation help it thrive?

HOW TO ENTER:

Send us in your entries by MARCH 2ND 2020

Enter via email at:

[email protected] (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them)

or enter via social media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

RULES OF ENTRY:

  • We will view all entries and any which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of a donation of J. Parker’s products to go towards the local projects.
  • Three winning entries will receive a donation of bulbs or plants from J. Parker’s for use in their community project.
  • Entries should be under 250 words. Images can be used so long as your entry email is less than 5mb in size.
  • Send your entries by email to [email protected] (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them) or entry via social media.
  • Entrants agree that their names and stories may be published publicly with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • Entrants agree that, should they be successful, their story and their project may be used in future for coverage on our blog and social channels.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on our blog, on social media or in print.
  • The following criteria will be used to judge entries;
  • How the idea will benefit local communities and environments.
  • The originality of the idea and anything that sets it apart from other entrants.
  • The winners will receive a donation of J. Parker’s products with a value of up to £100 subject to available stock. This will be made up of products of our choosing based on the project described in the entry, cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize. This donation of products can only be used for the purpose outlined in your entry.
  • All entries will be considered. Competition closes 2nd March 2020.
  • Winners will be notified by email before the 11th March 2020.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!