How do Greenwich gardens grow?

How do Greenwich gardens grow?

The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s gardening competition returns and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Spending such a long time at home hasn’t been easy, but for many residents, being able to focus on growing flowers and plants will have made a big positive difference. So now’s the time to celebrate all their hard work! The Council wants anyone with green fingers in the borough to enter the Greenwich in Bloom competition and showcase their gardening skills. Entrants don’t need to have a garden to enter – there’s a category for hanging baskets, window boxes or pots – they just need to be passionate about planting!

This year they have included an exciting new category, which is just for our young budding gardeners! The children’s category is to showcase the talents of our younger residents and there’s even a £15 voucher for the winner! Every child that enters will get a packet of seeds.

Prizes in the other four categories will be £100 for first place, £50 for second and £25 for third in vouchers for Coolings Garden Centre. Coolings have kindly donated £300 in vouchers to the prize fund and the Council shall purchase the rest. Coolings Garden Centre has supported the competition for many years and we are happy to be able to support a valued local business, whilst also giving away some great prizes!

The competition is open from Friday 29 May and ends the evening of Sunday 28 June. The entries will be assessed by independent judges who are the Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities Adel Khaireh, the Mayor Linda Bird and the Deputy Mayor Denise Hyland. Due to the current circumstances, the judges will not be able to visit the gardens in person, so entries will be judged by their photos alone.

This year’s categories are:
Category one: Front garden
Category two: Back garden
Category three: Containers (Hanging baskets, window boxes or pots)
Category four: Communal garden (Please ensure that anyone gardening in a communal space is observing the 2 metre distancing guidelines)
Category five: Children’s category

Whether it’s your window box, front garden or hanging basket – it doesn’t matter. This is your chance to show off your skills.

Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities said, “As the new Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities I am so happy to be involved with this year’s Greenwich in Bloom competition. Gardening is good for both physical and mental wellbeing and colourful flowers really do brighten up the borough. I’m looking forward to seeing the variety of entries from our talented Greenwich gardeners”.

From 29 May you can enter here.


Picture: Christchurch School’s Garden who came 3rd place in the Communal Garden category, last year.