Regional Winners 2018

The Community Garden category encompasses fantastic and inspiring community gardening projects and people who are making their local area a greener place to live. We are not looking for designer gardens and horticultural skills – we want entries bursting with community spirit and inspiration.

The prizes for this category are:
Overall winner - £5,000
1st prize in each region - £1,000 + 100 Calliope Geranium

One of these gardens will be featured in the Sunday Mirror on Sunday the 23rd September and crowned the Overall Community Garden Winner!

You will be able to view who is crowned the overall winner on Sunday 23rd September at 6am by going to the 'Competition' tab and 'Winners of 2018' page on the website. There will be a link that says "Overall Community Garden Winner" where you will be able to see the final result.

All the shortlisted gardens are featured at the bottom of this page.

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Scotland Region

Community Garden - Tay View Community Garden

Entered by Stuart Fairweather

Based in Dundee, Scotland

They have won £1,000 + 100 Calliope Geraniums

The judges liked that the garden was inclusive to a range of people including, people with mental health issues, refugees, recovering drug and alcohol addicts and people with learning difficulties. They also liked the range of areas they have included, such as a biodiversity area and designated art and graffiti wall. The garden involves several schools and the council who use it for the Sensory Service class as a resource for children with impaired vision and hearing.

Winners of 2018

North Region

Community Garden - Shoulder to Soldier

Entered by Linda Fisher and Kenneth Orton

Based in Leigh, Greater Manchester

They have won £1,000 + 100 Calliope Geraniums

The judges thought this was a very inspiring garden as it has been improved a lot over such a short amount of time. They originally built the garden and allotment for ex veterans, but due to its success have opened it up to schools and kids clubs in the area. They have a range of people attend including ex-veterans with PTSD.


Wales and Northern Ireland Region

Community Garden - Tenby Day Centre

Entered by Sing Taylor

Based in Tenby, Pembrokeshire at the Cottage Hospital

They have won £1,000 + 100 Calliope Geraniums

The judges liked the inspiring story behind this garden. The staff and volunteers at Tenby Day Centre encourage visitors and tenants to get involved in the garden, instead of watching TV. They have transformed the garden over the past couple of years from an overgrown patch to a beautiful garden and now have a herb garden for partially-sighted members to enjoy.

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Midlands Region

Community Garden - Tiny Trowels

Entered by Alison Pike

Based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

They have won £1,000 + 100 Calliope Geraniums

The judges liked that Alison was so passionate about gardening that she set up a self-funded community garden in her own back yard. She has more than 60 children a week attend and has been a valuable asset to her community. She encourages the children to teach their parents a thing or two at home as well! The judges believe that Alison could inspire other people to set up similar gardening clubs in their own spaces across the country.


South Region

Community Garden - Stanford & Cleveland

Entered by Debbie Pryer

Based in Stanford, Brighton

They have won £1,000 + 100 Calliope Geraniums

The judges liked that this now-thriving community garden with beautiful pot plants and raised beds was originally an uninspiring area of tarmac at the side of the street. These residents have shown that a lot can be achieved by a small group of regular volunteers. They have involved several different schools who have incorporated a lesson in the garden into their curriculum and are completely self-funded, leaning on the community and their plant sales for donations and funds.

2018 Shortlisted Community Gardens

Thank you to all the gardens that entered and were shortlisted this year. The judges found it so difficult to judge all the categories. A big thank you for entering - please don't hesitate to get in touch for feedback.

Scotland Community Gardens - 

  • Blackhill's Growing
  •  Edible Garden
  • Faifley Community Allotment
  • Includeme2 Allotment Angels

North Community Gardens - 

  • Little Seedlings Gardnen
  • Petrus Community Garden
  • Springvale Community Garden
  • Tinsley Allotment
  • The Wonky Garden

Midlands Community Gardens - 

  • Leamington Spa Railway Station
  • Masefield Community Garden
  • Root N Fruit Community Allotment
  • Shades of Black Community Project
  • Welsh House Farm Green Grafters
  • Winshill Neighbourhood Centre

Wales and Northern Ireland Community Gardens

  • The Bee Garden
  • Grow for Talgarth
  • St Peter's Garden

South Community Gardens 

  • Railway Garden
  • Daunbeny Community Garden
  • Penrose Roots
  • Sandown Castle Community Garden

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