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Gardening Against the Odds….enter the awards now!

Gardening Against the Odds: a place where hope, purpose and flowers shall bloom

(courtesy The Sunday Telegraph)

Nominations are now invited to find the Country’s best gardeners and gardens, thriving against the odds, to produce a place that is beautiful, inspiring, calm and empowering! A tough call for the best of gardeners, but if you have physical  disability, health problems, psychological or mental health issues, or have tamed a wilderness then these are the awards that recognise your efforts.

Held in conjunction with the Conservation Foundation, the awards Open to organisations and to individuals, the voting closes on 17 September. These are the voting criteria:


The awards are open to individual gardeners or community groups all over Britain who garden against the odds to create a beautiful private or public garden or communal green space that touches the lives of others. Nominations can also be made on behalf of gardeners. “Odds” can include:

An inhospitable environment, such as an uncared for “no-man’s land”, a derelict site or a space exposed to difficult growing conditions, 

Physical disabilities or health problems: previous winners have been wheelchair bound, had mobility problems or been blind or partially sighted.

Psychological or mental problems: several award winners have suffered depression (including 2010 overall winner Andrew Barnett). Others have experienced bereavement and isolation.

You can read more about the awards, the judges and previous winning gardens and their tamers in the full article in the Daily Telegraph.