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The Beautiful Durham gardening competition

The competition, which is free to enter, is open to residents, schools and organisations in Durham City and surrounding villages.

About the competition

'Beautiful Durham' encourages impressive floral displays and environmental improvements in the Durham City area. The aim is to create and celebrate a more attractive environment in which we can all live, visit or work. 

By entering your floral containers, garden, back yard, village, business, school or group into the competition, you will also be contributing to Durham City's entry into the Royal Horticultural Society's Northumbria in Bloom competition.

2018 competition

This year's entries closed on 27 June 2018. 

Judging took place on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 July 2018.


Winners and awards will be presented at a ceremony on 3 October 2018.

A list of the 2018 winners can be viewed in the following:


Even if you don't have a garden, you can still enter your plant pots, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets for your displays. 

There are 13 different competition categories to enter:

  1. Best business premises (public houses, hotels, shops, factories, warehouses)
  2. Best group horticultural project (schools, community groups, garden clubs, youth groups, churches, resident groups etc)
  3. Best sheltered accommodation complex/warden controlled housing area
  4. Durham's best kept residential area
  5. Best floral containers
  6. Best house garden - small (under 150 metres squared)
  7. Best house garden - medium (150 metres squared to 300 metres squared)
  8. Best house garden - large (over 300 metres squared)
  9. Best back yard or patio garden
  10. Best allotment or kitchen garden
  11. Best small village (population up to 500)
  12. Best village (population 501 to 2000)
  13. Best large village (population over 2000)


Winners and awards were presented at a ceremony on 4 October 2017.  See full list of 2017 winners:

Icon for pdf Beautiful Durham 2017 competition winners (PDF, 377.0kb)

Further information

If you would like more information about the Beautiful Durham competition, please contact us.


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