Northampton’s first Council Housing Garden Competition…A Blooming Success!

Best Young Gardener Award

28 gardens from council houses across Northampton entered into the competition, which was judged over two days in July by gardening presenter Johnnie Amos (BBC Northampton) and volunteering manager Sarah Passam (Voluntary Impact). The competition was run by Northampton Partnership Homes.

The competition included 6 categories:

  • Best Garden – won by Susan Selden & Bob Clarke
  • Best Communal Garden – won by Bellinge Community House
  • Best Container Garden – won by Rashmi Shah
  • Best Fruit & Veg Patch – won by Richard Gore & Stuart Hayward
  • Most Environmentally Friendly Garden – won by Janet & Gary Crane
  • Best Young Gardener – won by Jack Brett

Johnnie Amos, garden judge said “Both myself and Sarah were very impressed by the standard of the entries. We had a great time visiting everyone in July and viewing their gardens. It was lovely to meet so many different people, hear about their enthusiasm for gardening and celebrate their amazing efforts in the garden”.

Sarah Passam added: “When we went out to judge you could see all the flowers outside people’s doors as we entered. Everyone was so welcoming. Seeing all the colours and flowers in bloom really makes a difference to people living nearby. In my opinion, everyone who entered is a winner!”

Northampton Partnership Homes started the competition in spring this year as a way of recognising council tenants who take great pride in their home.

NPH’s Garden Competition organisers said:

“This was our very first garden competition and we wanted to make sure there was a category for everyone – whether you have a garden outside or a display inside. It has been lovely to meet every person who entered, listen to their stories about why they love to garden and see how much pride they take in their homes. The standard of entries has been really good with some really creative displays. We’ve had everything from pristine lawns, rambling roses, window sill gardens, upcycled garden decorations, as well as traditional romantic gardens. We’d like to thank all our tenants for entering and their hospitality for opening their gardens up for our judges to view.”

Susan, winner of the Best Garden Category in the Garden Competition said “I never expected to win. My neighbour said I should enter as Bob and I put a lot of effort into making the garden nice. It was something different and I thought why not [get involved], I wanted our efforts to be recognised. I’ve never won an award before so I’m so pleased”.

Northampton Partnership Homes hope to continue the competition next year, adding “Next year we want even more tenants to get involved and show off their beautiful blooms in the garden”.

Photos from the competition can be viewed at