– to help applicants, an idea of what the judges are looking for in your garden.
Overall Design - use of colour, appropriate plants for situation, quality of
plants, upkeep, wow factor
Bird/insect boxes, log piles, ponds, less closely cut grass (meadow areas)
Compost bins, imaginative but practical use of materials
Water conservation/retention, use of permanent planting
Numbers involved, effectiveness of bonding/teamwork
For the Best Neighbourhood category - we would like to see community working
taking place, eg supporting elderly neighbours, sharing seeds or greenhouse
space, communal composting or communal wildlife area.
The Best Neighbourhood should be a street, yard or cul de sac of several dwellings (preferably of 2 or more)
For the Best Floral Planters - ideally this is a gardener who is gardening
without the benefit of a garden. This gardener is planting on a window sill,
or using troughs or hanging baskets or planters. This might be a gardener with
a flat or with only yard space rather than a garden.