RHS & BBC The One Show’s Growing Together Award 2024 for Community Gardening

Community groups who have transformed a green space can nominate themselves for an award in partnership with BBC’s The One Show

In April 2024, the RHS and BBC’s The One Show launched a community gardening competition to find community groups that are transforming green spaces and encouraging local people to try gardening for the first time.

We are particularly keen to hear about projects that involve a diverse range of people – diversity isn’t just about visual difference, it’s about celebrating individuality. We would love to hear from those traditionally under-represented in gardening and who have benefited from starting to garden or having a new outdoor space to use.

The deadline to submit entries is 6pm on Sunday 9 June 2024. The results will be announced on the BBC’s The One Show on Friday 13 September 2024.

Discover The Up Garden, the 2023 winner of the Growing Together Award for Community Gardening.

How can your community enter the competition?

What we are looking for?
  • We are looking for projects that clearly demonstrate the transformation that has taken place. We would love to know what the space was like before you started, what work was needed, what (if any) challenges you had to overcome, and who volunteered to help
  • We want to hear about the people who have been making use of your transformed space, and how you’ve been getting new gardeners involved. We would love to know who they are, and how they got involved, how easy it was for them to participate, what activities they have been doing, and whether they joined in one-off activities or have become regular volunteers
  • We want to understand what the newly transformed space means to your group and your local community. We would love to know what makes it special and why it is important to your group, and how it benefits the local community and the local environment
Who can enter?

Before your community group enters, please see the information below to learn more about what is covered and if you are eligible:

  • The lead community group applicant must be aged 18 years or older at the time of submitting your entry
  • Entrants must be a community group of three or more people that is not profit-making (e.g. their activities are not for the financial benefit of any individuals or owners)
  • Entrants must not be a school, education or childcare provider. (However, an educational space may be the transformed space, and schoolchildren or students may benefit from or participate in the community garden)
  • Community gardening groups that entered the competition in 2023 may re-enter the competition in 2024, however the transformation should relate to a different project or be in a different location.
  • The entry must be in the UK. The competition is open to all eligible community groups in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • To enter the competition, the community gardening group must have created a community garden in the UK that:
    1. transformed a previously under-used space
    2. is open to the public and available for use by the local community, either all or most of the time (e.g. the space may be locked at night, but it must be generally accessible)
    3. is not used for the purpose of generating a profit (however, selling products to generate funds to reinvest in the community garden or not-for-profit is acceptable)
    4. is not used for the purpose of promoting a religion or a belief (incorporating information about a religion or belief in the community garden is acceptable, so long as the local community are able to use it freely, regardless of their religion or belief)
    5. must have secured permission from the landowner and any other relevant permissions before work started
    6. enabled people who are not a main participant or leader of another gardening group to take up community gardening for the first time
    7. followed sustainable gardening practices (examples of which can be found on the RHS website)
    8. was transformed within 36 months before the competition opening date
    9. is intended to be in existence for a minimum of 12 months after the winner is announced
If you have any questions about entering or whether your project is eligible, please send us an email [email protected]
What are the prizes?
  • The overall winner will receive £1000 in National Garden Gift Vouchers, a plaque and certificate
  • The most outstanding runners-up will each receive £100 in National Garden Gift Vouchers, a plaque and certificate
  • Every entry will be recognised with a certificate
  • The BBC’s The One Show will film some of the most outstanding entries
Click here to complete and submit your entry
When you can enter?

Entries are now open for the RHS & BBC The One Show’s Growing Together Award 2024.

  • The deadline to submit entries is 6pm on Sunday 9 June 2024
  • The results will be announced on the BBC’s The One Show on Friday 13 September 2024
How can you apply?
Community groups need to complete and submit the final version of their entry by 6pm on Sunday 9 June 2024. If you are still editing your entry after 6pm, your final version might not submit as the competition closes automatically at that time.

Entrants are asked to answer a few short questions about the project and  to submit either a few photographs or a link to a video of the space they have transformed.

Before starting an entry, entrants are required to read the terms and conditions >

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