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Best Garden Competition

We were delighted to be able to congratulate the winners of the 2020 Best Garden Competition in March, after our plans to hold doorstep ceremonies at the end of last year had to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

But we still wanted to properly recognise our wonderful green fingered gardeners with a special online congratulations ceremony – and we also sent an afternoon tea to all of our finalists to enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who entered last year’s competition – and our thanks once again to gardening expert John Stirland for judging all the entries.

To see last year's winners and finalists, click here.

Garden Competition 2021

Entries for all but one of this year's categories closed Friday 16 July. The NCH Young Gardener category is being kept open until Tuesday 31 August in line with school holidays to allow more young people to enter. Click here to find out more.

We’ll be recognising the pride that tenants who live on our estates take in their gardens once again as we open for entries to this year’s competition. There's a wide range of categories that you can enter, as follows:

  • Best garden transformation (sponsored by Make Consulting Ltd)
  • Best communal green space (sponsored by Thomas Bow City Asphalt)
  • Best community garden (sponsored by Thomas Bow City Asphalt)
  • Best edible garden
  • Best floral display
  • NCH young gardener (sponsored by Make Consulting Ltd)
  • Best small garden
  • Best use of outdoor space

How to enter - tell us your gardening love story! 

Send us photographs of your garden (photos taken in landscape work best!), with your name, address, contact details, the category(ies) you’re entering and no more than 150 words about your gardening love story and email them to – or you can direct message them to us on our Facebook page, (please don’t post directly to our page with your details).

You can enter as many times and in as many categories as you’d like and can send up to 10 photographs per category entry.

Unfortunately we’re unable to receive postal entries this year.

The final judging will only be made on the photographs you submit – so make sure they capture your garden at its best!

Great prizes!

Each category winner will receive a trophy, certificate and a £50 e-gift voucher.

Entries close Friday 16 July

Need some gardening inspiration? Check out our gardening skills page for some helpful tips as part of our mini gardening series. 

A message from John

We're delighted that gardening expert, John Stirland has once again agreed to judge this year's entries. Here's a short message from John encouraging as many of you as possible to take part and enter this year's competition.


1. The 2021 Garden Competition is open to any Nottingham City Homes tenant, any former tenant who has bought their house under the Right to Buy Scheme, anybody who has purchased a former council home on a Nottingham City Homes estate or any Nottingham City Homes leaseholder. Community Gardens operating within the city boundaries to the benefit and enjoyment of local residents can also enter.

2. This year’s city-wide categories are:

  • Best garden transformation
  • Best communal green space
  • Best community garden
  • Best edible garden
  • Best floral display
  • NCH young gardener (for gardeners up to 18 years of age)
  • Best small garden
  • Best use of outdoor space

3. Entry for the competition is made available from April to 16 July via the Nottingham City Homes Facebook page or the Nottingham City Homes’ Involvement team email. No postal entrants will be accepted. All entries must be received by the specified date. All judging will be virtually based on the photographs provided

4. One winner will be awarded per category. Prizes will only be awarded upon the achievement of a 50% or more score.

5. Category winners will be notified by phone by September, although Nottingham City Homes reserve the right to extend the competition deadline.

6. Nottingham City Homes cannot accept any responsibility for loss or delay to entries.

7. By entering the competition you give Nottingham City Homes’ permission to use photographs of your home or garden and your name and street to be included in related press releases and any future publications.