Who can enter:
The BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Garden of the Year competition 2016 is open to amateur gardeners who do not earn a living by designing or maintaining gardens for money. The gardens must be private gardens that may be open occasionally to the public for charities/fund-raising activities only, not as a profit-making activity for the benefit of the owner. The gardens must also be maintained by the owner with no more than one full-time helper or employee.
The competition will comprise of three categories: Small Space, Family Plot, Wildlife Garden. The winning gardens will be those that the judges and readers deem to best fulfil the criteria in the submitted category. You should submit your garden for one category only. Please choose the category most appropriate for your garden:
1) Small Space Only open to gardens up to the size of a tennis court (approximately 25m x 10m / 80ft x 30ft). You must demonstrate full and varied use of all the space, showing creativity and practicality throughout, and year-round interest.
2) Family Plot Open to any size of garden. You must demonstrate full and varied use of the whole space, and show in particular how the practicalities of your family life have been met by the garden’s design and execution.
3) Wildlife Garden Open to any size of garden. You must demonstrate the provision of a wide variety of wildlife habitats, with appeal beyond a single species, including relevant, year-round planting and feeding for named, specific wildlife
How to enter:
Complete the form for the category you wish to enter and submit it with up to 8 jpegs of your garden to the relevant email address. Image files submitted should be saved using the following information: – the category – surname – Image number For example, the first image should be saved as WildlifeJones1, the second image as WildlifeJones2, then WildlifeJones3, etc. The email subject line for your entry should include the category, surname and date you entered, e.g. WildlifeJones15Feb16. The total size of your entry form and images should not exceed 18MB.
The closing date for entries is 5pm on 27 June 2016.
Judging and selection process:
The BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team will create a long list of gardens for each of the 3 categories. From this list, a specialist judging panel will produce a shortlist (3 gardens from each category). If your garden is shortlisted you will receive a visit from the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team.
The final judging panel will select a winner in each of the 3 categories, plus an overall Judges’ Choice winner. The category winners and overall Judges’ Choice winner will be announced in October 2016 on gardenersworld.com and in the November 2016 issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.
The three category winners will be entered into the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award will be voted for online by visitors to gardenersworld.com during late October 2016. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on gardenersworld.com in November 2016 and in the December 2016 issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.
The judging panel will be chaired by Lucy Hall, Editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and will include expert judges from the world of gardening.
All shortlisted gardens will be professionally photographed, unless by prior
agreement or circumstances prevent this, and will appear in gardenersworld.com
and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.
The three category winners will each win £2,000 RRP-value of Cobra garden machinery
of their choice and a trophy.
The Judges’ Choice winner and People’s Choice winner will each win a further
£1,000 RRP-value of Cobra powered gardening equipment of their choice.
The six runners-up in the category shortlists will each win £250 RRP-value of Cobra
garden machinery of their choice.
Also, voters in the People’s Choice award will each be automatically entered into a
prize draw to win 1 of five prizes of £100 RRP-value of Cobra garden machinery of
Get gardening and good luck!