Our Garden Competition is now open and back for another year, with some exciting new categories including a focus on helping wildlife.
Our wildlife is facing a crisis. A combination of climate change, loss of habitats and the use of pesticides has prompted a decline in our wild plants, insects and animals, some at risk of disappearing all together.
The good news is that we can all do something to help and you don’t need to be a serious gardener or have a big garden to join in. Planters, hanging baskets and window boxes all help too, or create a wildlife refuge in the grounds of one of our Independent Living Schemes and win some improvements for your garden.
We’ve introduced a new under 16 category this year too, for the best bug hotel and you can win a free ticket for your family from our partners at National Trust Wentworth Castle Gardens.
The competition is open to all Berneslai Homes tenants and we still have many of our traditional categories for the more serious gardeners among us, so no matter what your age, experience or the size of your garden, everyone can take part. Everyone who enters this year’s competition will receive a free pack of wild flower seeds, so you can do even more to help our wildlife.
As this year marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we’ve introduced a Jubilee Garden category for this year only.
The health benefits of more contact with nature are well know and if we can give wildlife a helping hand in the process, we are all winners.
The closing date is Friday 8 July, so you have plenty of time to get gardening and send us your submissions. Check out our Wildlife Gardening tips page and why not send us your photos of the wildlife you attract to your garden, for us to share with other tenants.
The 2022 categories are:
Best Garden (General*): Winner receives £100 voucher, 2nd £50, 3rd £30.
Best Planter/Basket (General*): Winner receives £100 voucher, 2nd £50, 3rd £30.
Best Vegetable/Healthy Garden (General): Winner receives £100 voucher, 2nd £50, 3rd £30.
Best Wildlife Garden (General): Winner receives £100 voucher, 2nd £50, 3rd £30.
Tallest Sunflower (Under 16): Winner receives £100 voucher, 2nd £50, 3rd £30.
NEW Best Insect Hotel (Under 16): submission by photo entry. 1st Prize – Family ticket for Wentworth Castle Gardens. 2nd and 3rd Prize – Garden Centre Vouchers.
NEW Best Jubilee Garden (General): Winner receives £100 voucher, 2nd £96, 3rd £70.
NEW Best Independent Living Scheme Garden: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize – improvement for their garden area, to be discussed with winners.
All submissions receive a free packet of wildflower seeds as a thank you.
* The 60+ age category for both of these prizes have been extinguished.