Best Garden Competition 2020

Summer’s pretty much over, but many people across the parish made the most of being stuck at home by tending to their gardens. We received a great response to the Best Garden Competition, which was open to everybody in the parish throughout August.

All of the entries were great, but it is a ‘competition’, so a panel of judges – consisting of the Lawley and Overdale Parish Council staff team and two of our councillors – had to make some tough decisions to pick the winners for each of the four categories.

The winners and runners-up in each category have won gardening vouchers to further improve their masterpieces! But before we get to the winners, let’s take a look at all of the great entries we received.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who took part in the competition. We’re looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for next year! Now, onto the winners.

Best Back Garden winners

This category featured the highest number of entries of all, making it particularly difficult for our judges to pick the winner. We found all of the entries to be fantastic, but a decision was eventually reached!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to John & Angela Maloney!

  • John, pictured in his garden with his prize for winning the Best Back Garden category
    John, pictured in his garden holding his prize for winning the Best Back Garden 2020 category!

In second place…

Congratulations to Neil Glaze!

  • A photograph of a back garden, with a paved area surrounded by bushes and plants in the foreground, and a lawn in the background. A child's swing can be seen to the left.

Best Front Garden winners

We enjoyed the entries we received for the Best Front Garden category, and we’re sure their neighbours and passers-by do too!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Dan Lewis!

  • A photograph of a man and a woman standing next to each other in their front garden, next to a window and surrounded by plants. They are holding their Best Garden Competition certificate together.

In second place…

Congratulations to Mark Hawkes-Faulkner!

  • A photograph of a front garden, with a blue front door in the centre, with lights on the walls on either side and two small trees growing beneath them, and a narrow paved path leading up to it from a large paved area, with narrow lawns on either side.

Most Creative Use of Space winners

In this category, we sought examples of people using small amounts of space to their maximum effect, and the entries we received certainly did just that!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Lorraine Rownes!

  • A photograph of Lorraine Rownes and her husband, standing beside the trellis in their garden holding their Best Garden Competition certificate together.

In second place…

Congratulations to Karen Carline!

  • A ground-level photograph looking up at a first-floor, cornered balcony, showing small purple flowers hanging in pots from the railings.

Best Young Gardener winner

We actually only received one entry for this category, so there could only be one winner – Ruben!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Ruben! Obviously!

  • A photograph of Ruben, being held by his mother, along with his winning certificate.

Encouragement Award

We decided to add this category after seeing the hard work one entrant had put into their garden. While incomplete, we can see great things from this garden in the future, and wanted to give them a little bit of encouragement!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Maria Stevenson!

  • A photograph of a garden under construction, with a newly-laid, pale grey flagstone path in the foreground, which corners around some bare soil in the background.

Thanks to everybody who took part

Congratulations to the winners, but our thanks go out to everybody who took part. We’re looking to make the Best Garden Competition a yearly feature, so if you didn’t win this time, don’t worry – you’ll have time to prepare for the next one! We hope to see more of you take part in 2021!