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Entries open for Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards 2018

PUBLISHED: 10:33 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:59 12 March 2019

Yvonne and David Marks with their prizes for winning 2017 Amateur Garden fo the Year (photo: Manu Palomeque)

Yvonne and David Marks with their prizes for winning 2017 Amateur Garden fo the Year (photo: Manu Palomeque)

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We are delighted to launch the ninth Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards and are looking for the best community gardening projects, school gardens and amateur gardens in Kent

Crowmarsh House, Wateringbury won the 2017 Amateur Garden of the Year Award against stiff competition (photo: Leigh Clapp)Crowmarsh House, Wateringbury won the 2017 Amateur Garden of the Year Award against stiff competition (photo: Leigh Clapp)


• Amateur Garden of the Year

• Primary School Garden of the Year

• Community Garden of the Year

One winner and two runners up in each category

First prize:

• Forks and spades, courtesy of Coolings

• Framed personalised certificate

• £200 vouchers from Coolings

• Pictorial feature in Kent Life

Two runners up:

• Framed personalised certificate

• £50 vouchers from Coolings

How to enter

• Complete the entry form

• Attach a written description of your garden and what it means to you (up to 300 words).

• Include up to eight photographs, taken either last season or this year, that show overviews plus details

• Add a sketch plan if possible

Click here to enter!

The rules

• Entries from previous years, apart from the winner, are welcome

• The finalists will be photographed along with their garden

Kent Life regrets that photos and sketches cannot be returned and that by submitting them you are agreeing to their use in Kent Life and its associated websites and publications.

The sponsors

Helping Kent Life encourage the county’s gardeners, from the very young to the not-so-young, is award-winning garden entre Coolings of Knockholt and the much-decorated, land-based Hadlow College and its Broadview Tearooms. Kent Life is extremely grateful for their ongoing support.

The charity

The Awards are held in support of Kent Life nominated charity ellenor, which offers care and support to families facing terminal illness in Kent. It is the only charity in the county that provides hospice care for people of all ages – babies, children and adults – and their families. This includes pain and symptom relief, end-of-life care, respite, bereavement support and emotional and spiritual care,

The judging panel

• Roger Platts, head judge: multi-award-winning garden designer and plantsman

• Amanda Cottrell, OBE: immediate past chairman of Visit Kent

• Leigh Clapp: Kent Life garden editor and photojournalist

• Andy Garland: BBC Radio Kent broadcaster and producer

• Sarah Sturt: Editor of Kent Life

The criteria

The judges will be looking at design and layout, plant use, attention to detail, maintenance and plant health, as well as the active participation and enthusiasm of the entrant/s. Children’s sketches and descriptions of what the garden means to them are welcomed, as are illustrated scrapbooks, journals etc.

All entries

Email entries:, marking your email Kent Life Garden Competition

Online entries: visit and follow the easy steps

Checklist – have you included?


• Photos (include 4-8 pictures of the garden, can have been taken last year)

• Plan of the garden (can be hand drawn or computer generated)

• Phone number and email

Judging process

Closing date for entries: 8 June 2018

All finalists’ gardens will be visited and photographed by Kent Life between 16 and 30 June 2018

The Garden Awards afternoon tea:

13 September 2018

At: Hadlow College TN11 0AL

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