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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.

The image gallery above shows previous competition entries.

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. 

The 2021 results

There were some impressive entries this year and the winners are detailed below:

Best business premises

Finchale View Riding School, Leamside - Winner 

Best community group project

  • West Rainton Green Group, Sheen Close - Special Commendation
  • West Rainton & Leamside Parish Council, Heritage Garden - Special Commendation
  • Belmont Allotments Club - Winner

Best educational group project

Durham Gilesgate Primary School - Winner 

Best sheltered accommodation

  • Broomside Court, Carrville - Merit
  • Burnigill, Meadowfield - Merit
  • New Acres, Ushaw Moor - Merit
  • Sycamore Park, Brandon - Merit
  • Sherburn Hospital Care Home - Winner

Durham's best kept residential area 

  • Hamilton Row, Waterhouses - Merit
  • Joyce Terrace, Ushaw Moor - Merit
  • Oakham Drive, Carrville - Special Commendation
  • Patterdale Close, Belmont - Special Commendation
  • Wantage Road, Carrville - Winner

Best floral containers

  • Leyna Atkinson, Framwellgate Moor - Merit
  • Waterhouses Village Hall - Merit
  • Mr John and Mrs Deborah Bell, Esh Winning - Special Commendation
  • Chris and Annabel Burns, West Rainton - Special Commendation
  • Mrs Wendy Davison, Witton Gilbert - Special Commendation
  • Finchale View Riding School, Leamside - Special Commendation
  • Faezah Maria Kirk, Kelloe - Special Commendation
  • Langley Moor High Street - Special Commendation
  • Peter Thomson, Langley Moor - Special Commendation
  • Richard Todd, New Brancepeth - Special Commendation
  • West Rainton & Leamside Parish Council - Special Commendation
  • Christopher Michael Horton, Brandon - Winner

Best house garden - small

  • Yasmine Kumordzi, Gilesgate - Merit 
  • Andrew Robson, Carrville - Merit
  • Phil Stoddart, Ushaw Moor - Merit
  • Edward Almond, Carrville - Special Commendation 
  • Mr John and Mrs Deborah Bell, Esh Winning - Special Commendation
  • Finchale View Riding School, Leamside - Special Commendation
  • Barbara Hopper, Brandon - Special Commendation
  • Christopher Michael Horton, Brandon - Special Commendation
  • Faezah Maria Kirk, Kelloe - Special Commendation
  • Janice Peel, Coxhoe - Special Commendation
  • Peter Thomson, Langley Moor - Special Commendation
  • Richard Todd, New Brancepeth - Special Commendation
  • Mr and Mrs Warburton, Esh Winning - Special Commendation
  • Reg Wright, Durham - Special Commendation
  • Mrs Alison M Young, Brancepeth - Special Commendation
  • Mrs Wendy Davison, Witton Gilbert - Winner

Best house garden - medium

  • Marie Morritt and Jean Ritchie, Ushaw Moor - Merit
  • Dennis and Sue Brown, Durham - Special Commendation
  • Chris and Annabel Burns, West Rainton - Special Commendation
  • Arthur and Judith Dornan, West Rainton - Special Commendation
  • Joe McMahon, Sherburn Village - Special Commendation
  • Maureen Storey, West Rainton - Special Commendation
  • Mrs Wells, Broompark - Special Commendation
  • Philip Wall, Belmont - Winner 

Best back yard / patio garden

  • Finchale View Riding School, Leamside - Merit
  • Marie Morritt and Jean Ritchie, Ushaw Moor - Merit 
  • Emma Snowdon, Waterhouses - Merit
  • Mrs Wendy Davison, Witton Gilbert - Special Commendation
  • Faezah Kirk, Kelloe - Special Commendation
  • Peter Thomson, Langley Moor - Special Commendation
  • Barbara Hopper, Brandon - Winner 

Best allotment / kitchen garden

  • Christopher Michael Horton, Brandon - Merit
  • Richard Hockin, West Rainton - Special Commendation
  • John Hogarth, Quarrington Hill - Special Commendation
  • Diana Snowdon, Waterhouses - Special Commendation
  • Carole Hogarth, Quarrington Hill - Winner

Best small village 

Shincliffe Parish, Shincliffe - Winner

Best village

  • Broompark - Special Commendation
  • Shincliffe Parish, High Shincliffe - Winner

Best large village 

  • Sherburn Village Parish Council - Special Commendation
  • West Rainton & Leamside Parish Council - Special Commendation
  • Belmont Parish Council - Winner

Keen to be green

Peter Thomson, Langley Moor 

Special recognition for plantmanship

Dennis Brown, Durham

Best new entry

Mrs Wells, Broompark

Most improved entry

Reg Wright, Durham

Best Believe Housing entry

Mr John and Mrs Deborah Bell, Esh Winning 

Best overall entry

Durham Gilesgate Primary School

All entries contribute to Durham City's entry into the Royal Horticultural Society's Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Further information

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

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