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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.

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. 

Judging has now taken place for this year's competition but due to Government guidelines there will be no ceremony this year. Winners will be announced here at 9.00am on Wednesday 7 October.

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.

You can enter either online or by post. 

2020  competition dates

Dates for this year's competition: 

  • entries are now closed 
  • judging will take place on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 August 2020
  • winners will be announced on Wednesday 7 October 2020

Businesses and properties in the highlighted areas below are eligible to enter the competition.

The Businesses and properties in the highlighted areas are eligible to enter the competition.

The map shows: Bearpark, Belmont, Bowburn, Brancepeth, Brandon, Brasside, Broompark, Carrville, Cassop, Coxhoe, Croxdale, Durham City, Esh Winning, Framwellgate Moor, Gilesgate, Hett, High Shincliffe, Kelloe, Langley Moor, Leamside, Littletown, Ludworth, Meadowfield, New Brancepeth, Newton Hall, Pittington, Pity Me, Quarrington Hill, Shadforth, Sherburn Hill, Sherburn Village, Shincliffe, Sunderland Bridge, West Rainton and Witton Gilbert.


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 14 different categories to enter: 

  1. Best business premises (large - public houses, hotels, shops; factories, warehouses)
  2. Best business premises (small)
  3. Best group horticultural project (schools,community groups, garden clubs, youth groups, churches, resident groups)
  4. Best sheltered accommodation/complex/warden controlled area
  5. Durham's best kept residential area
  6. Best floral containers
  7. Best house garden - small (under 150m2)
  8. Best house garden - medium (150m squared to 300m2)
  9. Best house garden - large (over 300m2)
  10. Best yard or patio garden
  11. Best allotment or kitchen garden
  12. Best small village (population of up to 500)
  13. Best village (population 501 to 2000)
  14. Best large village (population over 2000)

Last year's results

A list of last year's winners is available upon request. contact us.

Further information

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

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Britain in Bloom finalist 2019 logo

In partnership with

  • Northumbria In Bloom
  • Britain in Bloom finalist 2019
Contact us
Beautiful Durham
03000 26 1000
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