Kent Garden Awards 2017

The eighth annual Kent Life Garden Awards are now open.

This year we have three categories for you to enter – Amateur Garden of the Year, Primary School Garden of the Year and Community Garden of the Year.

We are delighted that our two main sponsors Coolings Garden Centre, based in Knockholt, and Hadlow College – in particular its Broadview Garden Centre and Tea Rooms – are supporting the awards again. Without our sponsors the event simply can’t happen.

The judges said that 2016’s awards were the best ever – but of course we want to achieve even more entrants and even higher standards this year!

The finalists in the 2016 Best Primary School Garden category were St Anthony’s School, Cliftonville; Fleet Day Nursery, Fleetdown Primary School, Dartford and Ospringe Church of England Primary School, Faversham. The winner was Fleet Day Nursery who were our youngest winners ever!

The finalists in the 2016 Amateur Garden of the Year category were Carole and Michael Marks’ garden at Boundes End, Bidborough; Wendy and Ivor Macklin’s garden at Thatched Cottage, Hever and Liz Coulson at Yew Trees, Wye. The winner was the Macklins’ charming garden at Thatched Cottage, Hever, which took 12 years to create.

The finalists in the 2016 Community Gardens category were the Abbey Physic Community Garden, Faversham; St Luke’s Churchyard, Matfield and the Churchyard of St Laurence Leaveland at Faversham. The winner was the Abbey Physic Community Garden. The judges said: “Colour may come and go with the seasons, but the smiles are perennial.”

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. It is now in its 33rd year. For more on ellenor, click here.

Some of last year’s finalists and winners are pictured above, together with happy scenes from the afternoon tea ceremony held at Hadlow.