Our Competitions

Each year Salisbury City Council has the following summer competitions:

Gardens Competition – for gardens of all shapes and sizes from anyone who tends an open space including private gardeners, pubs, B&Bs and schools. Last year’s competition saw Bronze, Silver, Gold and even a Gold Gilt Award go to gardens ranging from small back yards to extensive hotel grounds and care home gardens.

Scarecrow Competition - families, community groups and organisations are encouraged to create a masterpiece in their garden or allotment – or even using a balcony or indoor space.

Allotment Competition - Prizes are given on all the city sites and plots are judged on a range of criteria from tidiness, environmental practice to the range of produce grown.

The competitions are open to those in the parish of Salisbury.

2016 Competition Winners:

At an awards ceremony at the Guildhall on Wednesday 21st September, Salisbury City Council celebrated winners in this year’s Allotment, Scarecrow and Gardens Competitions. Certificates and prizes were presented by the Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor Mr Derek Brown.

Many "congratulations" to everyone who took part and particularly the winners below:

Allotment Competition 2016

The annual allotment competition saw entries across all the allotment sites, with Mr Terry White being awarded a cup for the best plot overall.  

See here for a full list of the Allotment Competition winners for 2016.

Gardens Competition 2016

The gardens were judged by Jane Brine of Dairy House Plants, Diane Poynting and Parks Officer, Polly Mason.

The following awards were given:

Gold Gilt
A London Road Garden

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Braemar Lodge
A Church Road Garden
The Grasmere House Hotel
A Greenwood Avenue Garden
The Old House Bed and Breakfast

Silver Gilt
Bemerton Lodge Day Centre
Harnham Croft Nursing Home
Hussey’s Almshouses
Sarum St Pauls C of E Primary School
Westwood House


The George and Dragon
A Swiftdown Garden
The Old Mill Hotel

Scarecrow Competition 2016

The Scarecrow Competition was judged by The Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor Derek Brown.

1st Place – ‘The Mad Hatter’ created by Braemar Lodge

The Mad Hatter 1

2nd Place – ‘Mrs Scarum Crow’ by Sarum St Pauls C of E Primary School

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3rd Place – ‘Bo Peep’ made by Harnham Croft Nursing Home

Bo Peep 2

Please check back here early 2017 for details of next years summer competitions.

If you would like more information about any of our competitions please get in touch.