Cultivation Street

Gardens for Better Health Winners

Gardens For Better Heath was a brand new category to our 2019 competition.

This prize has been awarded to the garden that, the judges felt, had the most positive impact on the mental or physical health of the local community. The judges considered the people who are helped, the programmes provided and the impact on the local community.

1st PRIZE - Lost The Plot, Kent

PRIZE: £2,000 +100 Calliope® plug plants

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Talk It Out mental health voluntary support group has been running now for 8 years, starting as an outdoor wellbeing centre and growing into a thriving allotment plot for mental health survivors in the local community.

2nd PRIZE - IncludeMe2, Reidvale Community Allotments, Glasgow

PRIZE: £1,000 +100 Calliope® plug plants
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Started in 2018, the Allotment Angels project is part of Includeme2 club which works with children, young people and adults who have additional support needs across Glasgow. It started with a disused allotment plot in the heart of the city; with the railway line on one side and tenement buildings on the other. Over the next 9 months they transformed the space, with volunteers clocking up to 130hours of communal work in one week.

3rd PRIZE - Wonky Garden Projects

PRIZE: £750 +100 Calliope® plug plants
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This garden focuses on creating beautiful outdoor health and wellness spaces designed by, and for, the community. Originally developing a raised-bed garden, the project now looks after 5 locations; two busy community centres, a hospital rehabilitation ward, a local hospice for people facing life limiting illnesses and a rugby club for people of all ages.

Highly Commended - Heart, Mind & Soul Silverburn, Fife Scotland

PRIZE: £500 +100 Calliope® plug plants
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As a mental health employability charity, they’ve taken over a 27-acre estate from the local authority including a walled garden and 2 sensory. Over the past 5 years the garden has been restored to not only back to their former glory but to improve their design.

Highly Commended - Therapeutic Horticulture Martineau Gardens, Birmingham

PRIZE: £500 +100 Calliope® plug plants
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Martineau Gardens is one of the longest-running community gardens in Birmingham. Protecting it from development over the years, locals have turned it into a more rough-and-ready version of the gardens that stand today. Now the space hosts Therapeutic Horticulture sessions, attracting volunteers with mental health issues, learning disabilities and autism.

Ambassador of The Year Winners

1st PRIZE - Gary Bissett, Inver Garden Centre

PRIZE: £1,000

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Gary Bissett has been working with 8 local nursery schools, teaching them how to sow seeds in order to grow sunflowers, peas and beans; encouraging them on the importance to grow plants for the environment. Many of the schools he works with, need help on matters like recycling, sustainability, eco school projects and sensory gardens—Gary delivers talks and advice to guide them through the process so that they can have a positive experience. He’s assisted them in the creation of outdoor classrooms, focusing on companion planting with vegetables and flowers growing side by side.  Now the children come into the centre to inform Gary how everything is growing.

Gary is also an advocate for the therapeutic elements of gardening, actively working with adults with learning difficulties and patients in the midst of their rehabilitation wards recovering from strokes. This work is used to help these vulnerable individuals to experience the benefits of the outdoors.

2nd PRIZE - Georgia Isherwood
Dobbies Kings Lynn

PRIZE: £500
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Georgina’s interaction with schools extends much further than their gardening goals. Not only does she enjoy donating and planting with numerous local schools. Her projects involve cultivating for outdoor kitchen gardens and herb planting with children in mainstream setting and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

3rd PRIZE - Dale & Graeme
Simpsons Garden Centre (shared prize)

PRIZE: £300
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Dale and Graeme have supported the creation of a new garden for palliative care residents and their families; working extensively with the hospice team to design the layout and planting up all of the plants and shrubs on site. Both Dale and Graeme were so passionate about helping the hospice and so encouraging towards their efforts. So much so that the contact from the hospice makes a point of going to them directly to purchase everything she needs for a new garden project she’s involved with too.


Emma Taylor & Janet Hawkings - Garden Store Little Heath (shared prize)
Zoe Stanmore - Dobbies Southport
Sophie Menjou – Haskins West End
Angela Fletcher – Notcutts Rivendell
Angels Murray – Dobbies Liverpool
Diane Mackintosh & Toni Middleton – Haskins Snowhill (shared prize)
Louise Canfield – Aylett Nurseries St Albans
Mathew Lewis – Old Railway Garden Centre Breacon
Simon Haines – Sunshine Garden Centre London
Nicci Miller – Langlands, Shiptonthorpe
Jackie Barker – Notcutts Solihull– Simpsons Garden Centre Inverness
Carol Watson – Notcutts Tunbridge Wells

Regional Community Garden Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to our amazing regional winners!

2019 has been our biggest and best year yet, so by winning their regional category each of these community gardens have really wowed our esteemed panel of judges!

Each regional winner will win a cash prize + 100 stunning Calliope plug plants!
The prizes will be announced 29th September in the Sunday Mirror, where you can find out who has been crowned OVERALL WINNER!



PRIZE: Cash prize +100 Calliope® plug plants
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Blackhill's Growing

In 2010, Blackhill's started a growing project. After taking young people in the local community on an exchange trip to Zambia, they were inspired by visiting projects where growing food is used by the members, to raise funds and help to create a cohesive, supportive community. Now their community growing space provides nutritious food for the wider neighbourhood.


PRIZE: Cash prize +100 Calliope® plug plants
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Wonky Garden

This garden focuses on creating beautiful outdoor health and wellness spaces designed by, and for, the community.  Originally developing a raised-bed garden, the project now looks after 5 locations; two busy community centres, a hospital rehabilitation ward, a local hospice for people facing life limiting illnesses and a rugby club for people of all ages.


PRIZE: Cash prize +100 Calliope® plug plants
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Saffron Acres

The Saffron Acres site started off as a very small allotment plot a few years ago, where local people came together to learn gardening skills and socialise.

Now, the site has expanded to around 13 acres and has a lot to offer the locals and the local wildlife.



PRIZE: Cash prize +100 Calliope® plug plants
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Herts & Essex Community Farm

Allotments are hard to come by in Harlow so in 2013, a group of residents came together and transformed a derelict patch of council land into a green haven. Within the first year, they had cleared enough of the site to start growing crops and hold a minimusic festival — and one has been held every year since. The garden now has 12 raised beds suitable for wheelchair users, 10 growing beds, two allotment pots, three polytunnels and a large brassica tunnel, plus a wildlife pond and secret garden.


WALES & N. Ireland 

PRIZE: Cash prize +100 Calliope® plug plants
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Grow for Talgarth

In 2015 five volunteers wanted to brighten up the town with colourful planted displays. To signify the town’s agricultural heritage, troughs were donated by farmers, painted and filled with flowers donated by locals. Now it’s an interactive and bustling space for everyone in the community.

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Public Choice
Holywell Primary School

PRIZE: £500 +100 Calliope® plug plants

The display was created by children aged 4 and 5 in the reception class at Holywell Primary School, in Rubery Birmingham. They potted up all of the plug plants when they arrived and carefully tended to them as they grew; watering them regularly as a class in order to share the responsibility.


The children helped collect all of the apparatus used for growing including the uniform’s wellies, watering cans and plant pots used in the display. Each of the children were given the opportunity to draw the faces of the two life-size scarecrow students. As well as being uplifting, the display also offers the opportunity to showcase and remind the students of the new words they have learnt.

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A word about our sponsors Calliope®

The Cultivation Street competition category ‘ Calliope Your Life’ has been brought to you and sponsored by Calliope® Geraniums.

Calliope® Geraniums can grow like no other, they have outstanding growing performance as they are worry-free and offer vibrant colours.




The Judges 2019

The 2019 judges included;

Lady Salisbury
Gemma Aldridge - The Sunday Mirror
Lauren Hall - ITV
Neil Fishlock - Calliope
Stephen Dowbiggin - Director of Dowbiggin Associates Ltd
Mark Glover - Newington Communications
Carol Paris - Somerton Group


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