Give it a Grow 2019

To help our customers share their love of gardening, our annual gardening competition is coming back and will soon be open for applications. Gardening is something anyone can get involved in and we would love for as many people as possible to take part. Not only is it great for community spirit and getting to know your neighbours, but it can be really fun too. The competition is a great opportunity for you to share skills.

This year’s categories and criteria:

Best Garden
In this category judges will pay special attention to well-kept lawns, tidy borders, flowers, shrubs and hedges. Special consideration will be given to gardens that incorporate recycling and feature a quirky element.

Best Communal Garden
This category will recognise gardens entered from community groups. Judges will consider the quality of lawns, flowers, borders and gardens that include a recycling element.

Best container
This category will recognise gardens for their presentation of flowers, fruit, shrubs and trees.

Best Environmental Garden
This category will recognise gardens for their incorporation of environmental initiatives. Judges will consider gardens that include recycling, wildlife, flowers and ponds. Judges will give special consideration to gardens that attract wildlife.

Best Produce
This category will recognise gardens that produce vegetables, fruit, bushes or trees.

Best Beginner
This category will recognise entries from people that consider themselves ‘beginner gardeners.’ Include before and after photos to show how the garden has changed over time.

Best School Garden/Greenhouse
This category will recognise the excellent work schools in Sunderland are doing to introduce young people to gardening and horticulture. Judges will consider the design and maintenance of the garden/greenhouse as well as the level of involvement from young people and the benefits to the school. Special consideration will also be given to entries where environmental initiatives have been incorporated.

Application forms will be available online and in your local area office.

Please submit your application form by Friday 28 June 2019. Judging will take place between Monday 8 July and Friday 19 July 2019. Winner will be announced shortly afterwards.