Six Town Housing's Annual Gardening Competition for tenants and residents living in its neighbourhoods has returned.
The winner of each category will receive £100 in gardening vouchers and there are prizes for runners-up too.
The winner of the Young Gardener category will receive £50 in toy or book vouchers, plus £50 gardening vouchers for their home or school.
For inspiration, why not check out a gallery of winning gardens from last year here.
Read the competition entry criteria and enter below.
Best Individual garden
Do you love your front or back garden? Show us why.
Most improved garden
We’d love to see how you have transformed your garden (before and after pictures required).
Best pots, baskets and small spaces
Do you have impressive pots or window boxes? Have you used a small garden space to be creative? Show us your photos.
Best communal garden
Do you share your garden space with others? Live in flats or a sheltered scheme? Show us how your shared garden grows.
Best young gardener (aged under 16)
Do your children have a passion for gardening at home, school or in a youth club? Show us how they’ve made you proud.
The garden that helped me grow
Has your garden helped you through trying times or given you a new lease of life? We’d like to hear your story and see the results of your hard work.
Best eco-friendly garden
Do you reuse items as plant containers? Do you grow your plants from seed? Are you always composting? Have you created a space to attract wildlife? Tell us how you keep your garden “green”.
Best edible garden
Do you grow fruit, vegetables or herbs in your garden or part of a community kitchen or garden scheme? Send us your photos.
Do you know someone who helps others maintain their garden, or a community garden that is cared for by local people? Nominate individuals or groups and submit photos of their work.
Deadline for entry: Friday 7th July 2017
Winners must agree to take part in publicity and the judges’ decisions are final.
Entrants must make sure that access to their back garden is possible on judging day, Tuesday 18th July 2017. Entrants must live in a Six Town Housing property or neighbourhood. You can nominate someone else’s garden. If you don’t hear anything by Friday 14th July 2017 then you haven’t been shortlisted for judging.
The competition is judged by two previous winners, who are kindly volunteering their time.
Mick is Chair of Chesham Fold Tenants and Residents Association, helping to manage their Community Gardening Scheme. The scheme has been run by volunteers for 8 years and offers an affordable service to help residents on the estate maintain their gardens. The Gardening Scheme won the ‘Contribution to the Community’ category in 2015. Mick has always been a keen gardener and as well as keeping on top of his own garden, he also helps a neighbour with hers. He’s looking forward to seeing all the fantastic entries and help pick the winners.
Marilyn won ‘Best Individual Garden’ category last year and is thrilled to be able to help judge this year’s competition. She’s really looking forward to seeing the beautiful gardens that get shortlisted. She said, “I love gardening. I don’t find it a chore at all and I just lose track of time when I’m in the garden."