The popular City Garden Competition is now open to anyone who has a garden in Salisbury city – private, pubs, community groups and schools. Gardens are awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold and open to all, whether an old hand or new.

Organisers Salisbury City Council said: “The gardens are judged on quality of plants to good environmental practice and problem-solving so get involved and be at the start of a project or with a well-established garden.

The Scarecrow Competition is for families, community groups and organisations to use their imaginations to create a colourful character in their garden or allotment – or using a balcony or indoor space. Although the judging is in July, a photograph of the scarecrow can be taken at any time –at school or as a holiday activity.

Allotment tenants can enter their plots into their own Competition. Prizes are given on all the city sites and plots are judged on a tidiness and environmental practice to the range of produce grown. Wardens’ Awards are given on each site.

Prize winners are invited to an Awards Ceremony at The Guildhall, Salisbury in September to socialise with other gardeners as well as receive their certificates.

The competitions are open to those in the parish of Salisbury and an entry form and full terms and conditions are on or the Parks Department on 01722 342860 or email

Deadline is Friday, June 7, and judging  begins in mid-July.


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