Garden charity Perennial is calling for Britain's gardeners to demonstrate their hardwork during lockdown by entering the HortAid-20 gardening competition.

The competition, which is judged by Alan Titchmarsh, includes categories such as small garden, large garden, community garden, hanging basket/window box, houseplant, vegetable garden/allotment, best vegetable, largest vegetable and even a category for young gardeners (age 14 and under).

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Deadline for entry is 15 August 2020 and the overall winner will receive a £250 garden hamper from Suttons. Each entry will be charged a £5 entry fee, with proceeds going to help the work of Perennial.

Perennial is a charity for people working in, or retired from, the horticultural industry. The competition is an attempt to respond to the unprecedented increase in requests for help due to the effects of the Coronavirus on the UK horticultural industry. Many of the events usually staged in order to raise money have been cancelled.

An emergency fundraising appeal, HortAid-20, has been launched to bridge the funding gap and offer some fun and easy ways for people to raise money for people in horticulture this year.

Titchmarsh said: “During the current crisis, the need for Perennial’s help has never been greater. It really is a lifesaver for gardeners and all people in horticulture who are in need of support, and our current work is making a vital difference to so many in these life-threatening times."

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Head to the Perennial website for the full terms and conditions for the competition.


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London