Our Competitions

2017 - Summer garden & allotment competitions launched!

Salisbury City Council is delighted to announce its annual gardening and allotment competitions for 2017.

Making a welcome return, and with new judges, the Salisbury City Council Garden Competition is open to anyone who tends a garden in the City including private gardeners, pubs, accommodation providers 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 pubs, hotels and care homes.

Gardens are judged on a range of criteria from quality of plants to good environmental practice and problem solving so the Council would like to hear from you if you are at the start of a project or with a well-established garden.

The scarecrow competition is also back and families, community groups and organisations are encouraged to create a master piece in their garden or allotment – or even using a balcony or indoor space. Although the judging will take place in July, a photograph of your scarecrow can be taken at any time – so let us know if you are making one as a family activity or even part of a holiday course and we’ll pop along and see it.

It’s not too late for allotment tenants to enter their plot into the annual Allotment Competition. Prizes are given on all the City Council allotment 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, please see below for entry forms and full terms and conditions.

Garden Competition Entry Form

Garden Competition Terms & Conditions

Allotment Competition Entry Form

Allotment Competition Terms & Conditions

Deadline for entries for all the competitions is Friday 9 June and judging will take place in mid-July.

Please do contact the Parks Team on 01722 342860 or email info@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk if you have any questions – in the meantime, Happy Gardening!


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

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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

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