For the past few months Cobra has been working with one of the UK’s best-selling gardening magazine, BBC Gardeners’ World, to find the very best amateur gardens in the country.
Our Garden of the Year competition is open to everyone and there is £10,000 worth of Cobra prizes up for grabs!
The competition has three categories so that all gardeners can be involved – Small Space, Family Plot and Wildlife Garden.
Entering couldn’t be easier! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which category you would like to enter and we’ll send you an entry form. The closing date is the 27th June 2016 so you’ve still got plenty of time to enter.
To help you on your way to having an award winning garden, here we let you know a bit more about what our judges will be looking for.
The Small Space
This category is open to gardens approximately the size of a tennis court (25m x 10m / 80ft x 30ft), and that demonstrate a varied use of all space. You must show creativity and practicality throughout, and year-round interest that maximises the limited space.
The Family Space
This one is open to any sized garden – big or small! The judges will be looking for a full and varied use of all the space, no corner can go untouched! However, we know the struggles of looking after a family and a garden so our judges want to see how you’ve incorporated the practicalities of this into the garden’s design and execution. Perhaps you’ve created “rooms” within the garden, each with its own theme and purpose for children to play in, and for you to escape for some peace and quiet!
The Wildlife Garden
Again, this category is open to any size of garden. This category is perhaps for free flowing and “natural”. The shortlisted entries will be those that demonstrate the provision of a variety of wildlife habitats and will have taken significant steps to encourage and protect a variety of species. We’ll be looking for a thought through design that is deliberately planted to encourage wildlife, with year-round planting and feeding for named, specific wildlife.