Ashford in Bloom

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As part of the Year of Environment we’ve decided to re-launch our gardening competition. They’ll be four categories for you to choose from and we’ve got some great prizes up for grabs. So put on your gloves and get gardening!

The categories are -

Best front or back garden

(WIN a gas BBQ courtesy of Engie as well as FREE garden waste collection for a year)

Are you green fingered? Is your garden your pride and joy? Do you have fantastic flowerbeds? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so we’re not looking for one set ideal but, we are looking for a garden that makes an impact whatever that impact might be. Perhaps the design of the garden is particularly striking or maybe you’ve made some interesting plant choices. Perhaps we’ll be amazed by how well you’ve maintained a space.

Best use of a small space

(WIN plants and gardening equipment courtesy of Wilko)

Have you found a unique way of displaying plants whilst also saving space? Perhaps your window box is the envy of your neighbours? Have you used innovative ways to showcase your small space? Not all of us have gardens or the time to cultivate them but if you’ve made the best of an outdoor space, like a balcony, a window box or even a single flowerbed then we want to hear from you. We’re looking for small spaces where their smallness is what makes them special.

Most environmentally friendly garden

(WIN plants and gardening equipment courtesy of Waitrose as well as FREE garden waste collection for a year)

Is your garden a haven for wildlife? Have you found a way to reduce the amount of water you use? Do you love upcycling? Then this is the category for you. We’re looking for gardens that look beautiful whilst helping save the planet. Perhaps you’ve planted wildflowers to encourage butterflies and bees, maybe you have a bug hotel for all the creepy crawlies to enjoy. Maybe you’ve turned trash into treasure by upcycling something that was to be thrown away. Or perhaps you’re doing something we haven’t even mentioned.

Best communal garden

(WIN plants and gardening equipment courtesy of Dobbies)

Have you worked on a garden as part of a group or community project? Have your gardens become a hub for the community? Have they spawned wider projects? Have they brought the community closer together? We’re looking for gardens that not only look beautiful but serve a beautiful purpose. Perhaps your communal garden provides a space of relaxation or maybe it provides fresh fruit and veg for the community to enjoy. Or maybe it’s beautiful to look at whilst offering a place to get together and socialise with your neighbours.

All winners will receive a plaque from the Canterbury Oates Trust and be invited for afternoon tea with the Mayor. The runner up from each category will receive a plaque and also be invited to attend afternoon tea with the Mayor.

How to Enter 

Via email 

Send your entries to  with the category you’re entering as the subject line. Please include pictures of your entry as well as a few words about the space.

Via post

Sent your postal entries to

Ashford in Bloom
Civic Centre,
Tannery Lane
TN23 1PL

Please enclose pictures of your entry and let us know what category you’d like to enter as well as a few words about your space. Also make sure you include your preferred contact details just in case we need to get in touch.

The deadline to submit your entry is the 30th June.

Please be aware only one entry per household will be allowed.