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Kent Life Garden of the Year 2019: enter now

PUBLISHED: 12:56 04 March 2019

2018 Primary School Garden of the Year winners, Kingswood Primary (photo: Manu Palomeque)

2018 Primary School Garden of the Year winners, Kingswood Primary (photo: Manu Palomeque)

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It’s our 10th year of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards and we want to make it an extra special one across all three categories, so start planning your entry now

Three categories

Amateur Garden of the Year, Primary School Garden of the Year and Community Garden of the Year

West Kent Mind Community Garden, Sevenoaks, winner of the 2018 Community Garden of the Year (photo: Manu Palomeque)West Kent Mind Community Garden, Sevenoaks, winner of the 2018 Community Garden of the Year (photo: Manu Palomeque)

One winner and two runners-up in each category:

First prize:

• Forks and spades, courtesy of Coolings of Knockholt

• Framed personalised certificate

Head judge Roger Platts at the 2018 Awards (photo: Manu Palomeque)Head judge Roger Platts at the 2018 Awards (photo: Manu Palomeque)

• £200 vouchers from Coolings

• Pictorial feature in Kent Life

Two runners up:

Sylvie Buat-Menard and David Sayers, whose Whitstable garden won Amatuer Garden of the Year 2018 (photo: Manu Palomeque)Sylvie Buat-Menard and David Sayers, whose Whitstable garden won Amatuer Garden of the Year 2018 (photo: Manu Palomeque)

• Framed personalised certificate

• £50 vouchers from Coolings

How to enter

Visit the Garden of the Year Awards website and follow the steps

The rules

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

• The finalists will all 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.

The sponsors

Helping Kent Life encourage the county’s gardeners, from the very young to the not-so-young, is award-winning garden centre Coolings of Knockholt and the much-decorated, land-based Hadlow College and its Broadview Tearooms. Kent Life is extremely grateful for their ongoing support, without which the Awards could not continue and grow.

The charity

The Awards are held in support of new Kent Life charity the Young Lives Foundation, an independent children’s charity dedicated to delivering quality services tailored to ensure effective outcomes are achieved in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people

The judging panel

• Roger Platts, head judge: 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.

All entries

Email entries: sarah.sturt@archant.co.uk, marking your email Kent Life Garden Competition

Online entries: www.kentgardenawards.co.uk – just follow the easy steps

Checklist – have you included?

• Description

• 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

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