Small Spaces Winner 2018

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The small spaces award is for the best small garden project. We were looking for an area that has been transformed into an inspiring mini garden, wherever that may be. In the past we've had balconies, an allotment patch, a holiday caravan plot and even a narrow boat roof! The small spaces category is an opportunity to be creative and use space cleverly.

All the shortlisted 2018 Small Spaces have been listed at the bottom of the page.


The winner is:

Essington in Bloom

Entered by James Slim

They have won £500 and 100 Calliope Geraniums

The judges loved how much this group had achieved in a short amount of time (the project began in April this year). They liked how colourful and inviting the garden was and that so many different groups of people, including local schools, toddler groups, and community members, had been involved. The judges were also impressed that the project was entirely self-funded by community event days like "Bake to Bloom" involving a big cake sale that raised over £400 for the project.

This project has clearly brightened up the side of the local church that had been left untouched for over 70 years.

2018 Small Space Shortlisted

Well done to all the people that entered and were shortlisted for the small space category this year:

  • Laura's Happy Place
  • Happy Alley
  • Magherlian Sign
  • Pergola Close (Oasis)
  • Project Pond

The judges found it so difficult to choose winners from the many amazing projects that were on entered. A big thank you for entering - please don't hesitate to get in touch for feedback.


  1. Janette Thomas project manager Messy Tots Garden, St John's Church, Essington. on September 2, 2018 at 6:43 am

    The St John’s Church Messy Tots pre school group are delighted to have been chosen as the winners of this years Small Spaces Category, it was a lot of work completed in a very short period of time by a handful of committed group leaders, pre- school children and their parents/ carers. The concept, design and final management of the project was the work of the churches Children and Youth Minister Janette Thomas and her husband Phil. Unfortunately this was not part of the project which involved the local schools. The ground had been well tended and planted over the years but had fallen into neglect and was raised completely a few years ago. The children will be very excited to hear that they have won, the geranium plants and £500 will certainly enable the group to renovate the garden and re- invent it in line with the seasons and to keep it blooming for the community to enjoy for some considerable time.

    • Alice Whitehouse on September 3, 2018 at 8:24 am

      A big well done Janette, the judges were very impressed with the transformation in such a short amount of time. We hope you will enjoy the prize money and continue to make the area look fabulous. We will be in touch with James about prizes.

      All the best

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