Ashford In Bloom 2021

Ashford in Bloom is back, better and bigger than ever before. There’s something for all residents to get involved in whether they have a single houseplant or a sprawling pasture.  With a focus on reusing, reducing and recycling across the categories we’re hoping this year’s Ashford in Bloom will be the most inclusive one yet!

The categories can be seen below:

+ Best front or back garden - sponsored by Longacres Bybrook Barn

WIN free garden waste collection for 1 year. Plus a Longacres Bybrook Barn garden centre £50 voucher. Are you green fingered? Is your garden your pride and joy? Do you have fantastic flowerbeds? Perhaps the design of your garden is particularly striking or maybe you’ve made some interesting plant choices. Perhaps we’ll be amazed by how well you’ve maintained a space. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so we’re not looking for one set ideal but we are looking for a garden that makes an impact - whatever that impact may be.

+ Most environmentally friendly garden - sponsored by Godinton House and Gardens

WIN free garden waste collection for one year. Plus a Godinton House & Gardens Joint Garden Season Ticket along with a voucher for a cream tea. Is your garden a haven for wildlife? Have you found a way to reduce the amount of water you use? Do you love upcycling? Then this is the category for you. The council is looking for gardens that look beautiful while helping save the planet. Perhaps you’ve planted wildflowers to encourage butterflies and bees, maybe you have a bug hotel for all the creepy crawlies to enjoy. Maybe you’ve turned trash into treasure by upcycling something that was due to be thrown away. Whatever you’re doing to improve your little corner of the planet we want to know about it.

+ Best communal garden - sponsored by South East Water

WIN a £50 National Gardening Voucher and a Water Butt. Have you worked on a garden as part of a group or community project? Have your gardens become a hub for the community, a source of local pride? Have they spawned wider projects? Have they brought the community closer together? Perhaps your communal garden provides a space of relaxation or maybe it provides fresh fruit and veg for the community to enjoy. Or maybe it’s beautiful to look at while offering a place to get together and socialise with your neighbours. We’re looking for gardens that not only look beautiful but serve a beautiful purpose.

+ Best balcony -sponsored by Biddenden Vineyards

WIN Biddenden Vineyards 1 x bottle Gribble Bridge Sparkling White & 1 x bottle Gribble Bridge Sparkling Rosé (plus delivery to one address within borough). Do you have a beautiful balcony that is the envy of your neighbours, have you created a green oasis in the sky? Have you used innovative ways to showcase your space? Even better have you created a place where butterflies and bees can thrive that reduces your carbon footprint? If you’ve created a beautiful balcony you need to enter this category.

+ Best window box - sponsored by Wilko

WIN Wilko Ashford gardening equipment. Not all of us have gardens or the time to cultivate them so this category is for people whose green fingers have not been restricted by a small space. If you have a wonderful window box we want to hear from you. Let us know all about the reasons behind your planting choices.

+ Best indoor garden - sponsored by Engie

WIN a £50 Homebase voucher. Have you discovered an innovative way of bringing the outdoors in? Not everyone has a garden or balcony or room for a window box so we want to know what you’ve done to add green in your indoor space. Maybe you’re a houseplant fanatic or you nurture an indoor herb garden not matter how small we want to how you haven’t let the lack of an outdoor space hamper your green fingered endeavours.

+ Best Young Gardener U-14 - sponsored by Waitrose

WIN a £50 Waitrose voucher. More young people than ever before are expressing interest in their outdoor spaces if you know a young person who has the magic touch when it comes to gardening we want to hear all about it. Have they found innovative sustainable ways to garden? Perhaps they’re a dab hand at turning something old into something wonderful. We’d love to hear all about their endeavours no matter how big or small after all we all have to start somewhere

How to enter

You can email your entry to ashfordinbloom@ashford.gov.uk

Please put the category you’d like to enter in the subject line and include 

  • Pictures of your space
  • A few lines about your space 

Deadline for entries is 4 July