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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. 

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 and Britain in Bloom competitions.

You can enter either online or by post.

2019 competition results

This year's competition is now closed. The winners were:

Best business premises
Daleside Arms, Croxdale - Special commendation
Finchale View Riding School, Leamside - Special commendation
The Brawns Den, Brandon - Special commendation
Court Inn, Durham - Winner

Best group horticultural project
Belmont Allotments Club - Special commendation
West Rainton & Leamside Parish Council - Special commendation
Durham Gilesgate Primary School - Winner

Best sheltered accommodation
Sherburn Hospital Care Home - Winner

Durham's best kept residential area
Sycamore Park, Brandon - Merit
Patterdale Close, Belmont - Special commendation
Wantage Road, Carrville - Winner

Best floral containers
HMP Durham - Merit
Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council, Langley Moor - Special commendation
A Burns, West Rainton - Special commendation
Mrs W Davison, Witton Gilbert - Special commendation
Mr P Thomson, Langley Moor - Special commendation
West Rainton and Leamside Parish Council - Special commendation
Finchale View Riding School, Leamside - Joint Winner
C Horton, Brandon - Joint Winner

Best house garden - small
J Peel, Coxhoe - Merit
Mr and Mrs Bell, Esh Winning- Special commendation
Finchale View Riding School, Leamside- Special commendation
C Horton, Brandon - Special commendation
Mr P Thomson, Langley Moor - Special commendation
Mr and Mrs Warburton, Esh Winning - Special commendation
R Wright, Durham - Special commendation
Mrs W Davison, Witton Gilbert - Winner

Best house garden - medium
Mr A Dornan, West Rainton - Merit
M Morritt and J Ritchie, Ushaw Moor - Merit
M Best, Durham- Special commendation
A Burns, West Rainton - Special commendation
Ms B Hume, Durham - Special commendation
Mr D Brown, Durham - Joint Winner
Mr P Wall, Belmont - Joint Winner 

Best house garden - large 
Mr J Deller, Shincliffe - Special commendation
Mr J McMahon, Sherburn Village - Special commendation
G and A Young, High Wooley - Special commendation
Mr S Feather, Durham - Winner 

Best back yard or patio area
Finchale View Riding School, Leamside- Merit
Mrs B Hopper, Brandon - Special commendation 
Mr S Thomson, Framwellgate Moor - Winner 

Best allotment or kitchen garden
Mr N Garlick, Leamside - Special commendation 
Mr R Hockin, West Rainton - Special commendation 
Mr A Hopps, Brandon - Special commendation
D Snowdon, Waterhouses - Winner

Best small village 
Shincliffe Village - Winner

Best village
Broompark - Special commendation
Quarrington Hill - Special commendation
High Shincliffe - Winner

Best large village 
Coxhoe - Special Commendation
Sherburn Village - Special commendation
West Rainton and Leamside Parish - Special commendation
Belmont Parish Council - Winner

Judges Discretionary Awards

Best overall design
Mr P Thomson, Langley Moor

Best new entry
The Brawns Den, Brandon

Best plant of the year
Ms B Hume, Durham

Best environmental entry
Belmont Allotments Club

For long term support to the competition
G and A Young, High Wooley

Best overall entry
Durham Gilesgate Primary School

Further information

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

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Beautiful Durham
03000 26 1000
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