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Chester's Best competition

'Chester's Best' is a free environmental competition open to residents and organisations in Chester-le-Street and surrounding villages. The aim is to create and celebrate a more attractive environment in which we can all live, visit or work.

2018 competition

This year's competition is now open for entries.

Applications can be made by:

Closing date for receipt of entries is 31 May 2018. Judging will take place in July.


Winners and awards will be presented at a ceremony in October.


Even if you don't have a garden, you can still enter your plant pots, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets as long as they are viewable from a public highway or footpath.

There are 6 different competition categories to enter:

  • Business frontage/floral display
  • Group project to improve an area
  • Neighbourhood area - (please attach a brief description of community activities and projects with locations, which you wish to be judged on)
  • Residential garden
  • Allotment/kitchen garden
  • School, nursery or young peoples' club garden or group project

2017 Results

The Chester's Best results were announced at a ceremony on 14 September 2017. See Icon for pdf full list of winners (PDF, 191.0kb) .

Further information

For more information about environmental schemes and campaigns, please see our Civic Pride team page.

Contact us
Civic Pride
03000 26 0000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Chilton Industrial Estate
  • Chilton
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 0SD
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