Royal Horticultural Society Greening Grey Britain Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. Competition  

This competition is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (‘RHS’) in association with the British Broadcasting Corporation (“BBC”) – together known as ‘the Organisers’.

  1. Entry Details  

Entry to the competition is open to residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) aged 18 or over on 3 April 2017, except current employees of the Organisers, their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility will be requested.

  1. Deadline for Entries  

Entries will be accepted from 7pm, Monday 3 April until 10pm Sunday 16 April. Entries received after closing date and time will not be accepted.

  1. Entry Criteria and Form  

Entrants are invited to make a bid for a Greening Grey Britain garden from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) designed by Nigel Dunnett to be built in a community plot where it can have the maximum improved greening effect. Entries from individuals for personal gardens or commercial spaces are not eligible.
The entry form is available here
You’ll need to download and complete the entry form then send it, by email only to:[email protected] along with:

  1. Two photographs that show the site, and

      b. A plan (roughly to scale) of the site in question showing any ditches,  fences, hedges, ponds, sheds, trees and walls.
Your plan should indicate which side is to the north. It would be most helpful if you could include a Google map reference as well as a post code. The deadline for entries is 10pm on 16 April.

  1. Examples of the kinds of spaces we are looking for:

  •  The plot you wish to enter must not be bigger than 250 square metres
  •  If you live in an urban neighbourhood for example a community group might want to turn an area of closely mown grass into a garden that will provide more resources for wildlife.  More insects for example can sustain more frogs and birds that can constitute an island of wildlife in a beautiful setting that will delight people living nearby and perhaps provide a resource for school children to learn about nature.
  •  Parents might come together for example to make an area of a school’s grounds into a GGB garden that will be open to the public as well as benefitting the school.
  •  An allotment society might have an area unsuited to allotments but with potential for ‘greening’ which will be open to the public and add to the local environment. 

There is a surprising amount of land in small pockets even in urban areas that cries out for planting.  We want to help make this land an important and appreciated part of the local environment.
The winner will have their plot prepared with the help of a leading landscape contracting firm and then populated with plants from RHS Chelsea 2017 planted to a design by Chelsea gold medal winner Professor Dunnett.  Our RHS gardening experts will be on hand to help the winner plant up their plot and give hands on support
Also the winners can ask the RHS for help and advice in managing their garden at any time.

  1. Who are the judges and what are they looking for?  

Judging applications to be done by a panel provisionally composed of:

  • Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticulturist,

  • Nigel Dunnett, award winning garden designer, and

  • Christine Walkden,  The One Show gardening expert  

They’ll be looking for imagination and zest for making a difference by planting up a garden with plenty of benefit for residents, the general environment and local wildlife.  We want to see how this garden will bring people together to build and maintain a fabulous planting for the benefit of all. Also we would like to see as much inclusivity as possible – submissions should show how they will involve as many groups or individuals as possible and meet the worries of people who may not yet be convinced of the good outcomes that follow wise and sustainable planting.
The judges will conduct site visits for any plots they wish to shortlist.

  1. So do you have to be an expert to enter?  

No – the competition is aimed at gardening groups who come together to make a difference to their locality.
You’re not allowed to enter if you’re a professional designer or gardener.  Also you can’t have won a competition like this before, at least not within the last five years.

  1. What happens if your site is chosen as the winner?  

The judges will inform the winning group by the 28 April 2017.
You and representatives of your group should be available to attend a press day at the Chelsea Flower show on the 22 May 2017, when the One Show team will also be filming. The Winner will be announced live on the One Show on Friday 26 April, between 7-7.30pm.

  1. Data Protection

The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of working with RHS in the administration of the competition. The BBC will only keep personal details for as long as is necessary to fulfil these purposes. Please see the BBC’s Privacy Policy: BBC Privacy Policy.

  1. Entrants may be asked to disclose details of any and all criminal and civil actions pending against them, or served against them plus any unspent convictions. Entrants asked for this information must keep the RHS and BBC informed of any changes to that disclosed up to the point the winner is announced. This information will be handled in the strictest confidence and, as with all personal information, in accordance with the BBC Privacy Policy - see above where the BBC is privy to such information.

  2. Following standard industry practice, the BBC may in addition to RHS undertake background checks of the shortlisted finalists. Information discovered or that may have been disclosed by the entrants themselves will inform the decision as to the selection of the finalists by RHS. 

  3. Travel
    Reasonable travel expenses will be covered by the Organisers.

  4. Filming
    All stages of this competition may include an element of filming for The One Show. All entrants consent to being filmed and acknowledge this consent by signing a standard BBC contributors’ consent form upon request. The winners may also be filmed for the BBC’s main coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show and interviewed by other BBC outlets (eg, local radio stations).

  5. By entering the competition the entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

  6. No commercial gain can be made from using or referencing the BBC or RHS brands, the competition itself or any other element of this competition process.

  7. The BBC reserves the right to cancel its involvement in the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside its control.

  8. The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered. 


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