Tenant Garden Competition Returns for Its 14th Year

Council tenants are being encouraged to enter the long-running annual garden competition.
The competition is run by Charnwood Borough Council and is open to its tenants who once again are being urged to showcase their skills in the garden.
This year is the 14th year of the competition, and there are nine categories to enter:

  • Best House or Flat Garden
  • Best Pots and Hanging Baskets
  • Best Community Garden
  • Best Sheltered Court
  • Best Fruit and Vegetable Garden
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Young Gardener (entrant must
    be under 16)
  • Best Flower Display
  • Best Eco Garden (must show the
    use of upcycling, recycling, planting
    of wildflowers, environmentally
    friendly).
    Councillor Colin Hamilton, lead member for public and private sector housing at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “The garden competition is a highlight of the Council’s calendar, and our tenants continue to astound us with the quality of their gardens each year.
    “I was hugely impressed with the entrants of the competition last year, so I can’t wait to see what tenants have been doing with their green spaces in 2024.
    “I would also advise entrants to take photos of their gardens throughout the year and consider submitting those photos alongside their applications, as I know the unpredictable nature of our weather can often disrupt our gardening plans.
    “Keep enjoying your gardens, and I look forward to seeing your entries in the summer.”
    Entries for the tenant garden competition need to be submitted by Monday 3rd June and judging will take place between 22nd and 26th July . Entrants will be notified of their judging date closer to the time.
    Category winners will receive High Street vouchers. The prizes are £100 for first place, £75 for second, £50 for third for each category, and all other entrants who don’t win will receive a small gift.
    The Council has around 5,500 properties and the competition is one way of celebrating tenants’ pride in their homes and communities.
    To enter, tenants can call the customer engagement team on 01509 634 679 or 01509 634 955 or email involvement@charnwood.gov.uk for an application form.
    Alternatively, apply online or download an entry form via www.charnwood.gov.uk/gardens