page 8 – hunt for great gardens

hunt for great gardens

Tenants in Durham city and surrounding villages could pick up an award for their green-fingered efforts this summer. 

Is your garden a scene of serenity and carefully cultivated chrysanthemums, or home to a bevy of butterflies? If so, then you could pick up a prestigious award for your efforts very soon.

The free to enter Beautiful Durham competition is an annual competition that encourages and celebrates impressive floral displays and important environmental improvements. It runs in and around the Durham city area each year.

Beautiful Durham is run by Durham County Council and contributes towards the city’s entry into the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition. County Durham Housing Group have joined forces with the council to support three categories:

  • Best floral container
  • Best backyard or patio garden
  • Best garden.

Tenants in Durham city and the surrounding area can find out more by contacting the Neighbourhoods Team, by email or by calling 0800 068 0013. A leaflet with more details of the whole competition is also available to download here.


County Durham Housing Group Neighbourhood Manager, Carol Crathorne, said: “Lots of our customers put a huge amount of effort into their gardens. This competition is a great way of recognising that hard work.

“I’d encourage anyone who is proud of their garden to give the competition a go. It’s free to enter so you’ve got nothing to lose.”

Last summer nine County Durham Housing Group customers picked up awards for their gardening prowess, including E and E Embleton, who won the hotly contested best garden category.

After a judging visit during the summer, the results will be announced at a special awards ceremony during autumn.

Pictured above: Judges from the Beautiful Durham competition visiting a tenant’s garden last summer.