Submit your garden and win over £200 of prizes

PUBLISHED: 09:56 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 May 2016

© Dookfish, Getty Images

© Dookfish, Getty Images


Win a spread in Kent Life magazine, £200 of Coolings vouchers, and much more! The seventh annual Kent Life Garden Awards is now open, with three new categories to celebrate the Year of the English Garden

Are you the owner of a beautiful Kentish garden? This year our garden competition is back with lots of prizes to win. Kent Life’s Garden Competition 2016 is OPEN for submissions! Enter here now:

There are five categories

1. Best Kentish Garden (gardens open to the public)

2. Amateur/Home Garden of the Year

3. Primary School Garden of the Year

4. Best School Sacred Space Garden

5. Community Garden of the Year

One winner and two runners up in each category

First prize:

- Engraved trowel

- Framed personalised certificate

- £200 vouchers from Coolings

- Pictorial feature in Kent Life

Two runners up in each category:

- Framed personalised certificate

- £50 vouchers from Coolings

Closing date for entries: 10 June 2016

Thanks to the involvement of our new partners Visit Kent, the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent God’s Acre Project and Action with Communities in Rural Kent, Kent Life’s Amateur Garden of the Year and Primary School Garden are being joined by new categories Kentish Garden, Community Garden and School Sacred Space Garden.

This means we are able to celebrate a wider range of gardens or habitats created or tended by groups who are part of the lives of Kent’s many communities. Now these special spaces include big gardens open to the paying public, community gardens and churchyards.

We are delighted that our two main sponsors Coolings Garden Centre, based in Knockholt, and Hadlow College are supporting the awards again. Without our sponsors the event simply wouldn’t happen. The judges said that last year’s awards were the best ever.

The finalists in the Best Primary School Garden category were Christ Church Junior School in Ramsgate; Staplehurst Primary School and Cranbrook Church of England Primary School.

Christ Church was a finalist in 2012 and Staplehurst was a finalist last year but the winner was the new entrant, Cranbrook Church of England School.

The finalists in the Amateur Garden of the Year category were Shirley Hagger’s Brightberries in Canterbury; Angie Boakes’ garden at The Haydens in Tonbridge; Annette and David Fettes’ five acres at Little Nut Hall in Sissinghurst; Tikki Gulland’s garden at The Croft, Detling and Lyn Buller’s three-year-old garden at West Street in Deal.

The judges said it was an almost impossible task to pick a winner but in the end they went for Angie Boakes’ small but beautiful back garden in Tonbridge.

The Awards are held in support of Kent Life Charity of the Year, ellenor, the only charity in Kent to provide both adult and children’s hospice care.

For competition T&Cs, check website

Cranbrook Church of England Primary School won the 2015 Kent Life Primary School Garden of the YearCranbrook Church of England Primary School won the 2015 Kent Life Primary School Garden of the Year

Angie Boakes' inspirational small garden in Tonbridge won the 2015 Kent Life Amateur Garden of the YearAngie Boakes' inspirational small garden in Tonbridge won the 2015 Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year


Judges and support team at 2015 awardsJudges and support team at 2015 awards

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