Coronavirus (COVID-19)

While we are being instructed not to leave our homes unless absolutely necessary it is vital that we find ways to maintain our physical and mental wellbeing.  Gardening can be a very simple but effective and accessible way to achieve this; therefore we would like to reassure our tenants that this year’s garden competition will go ahead. 

However, we have had to make a few changes in order to ensure that our tenants and staff are protected and can adhere to social distancing guidelines.

What We Are Looking For

This year’s garden competition will run quite differently than in previous years.  It’s intended to be fun but also to recognise the efforts people are making to keep themselves busy at home; gardening has become a new found passion for many people.

The competition is open to all Council tenants in any type of housing.  There are no specific categories.  You might have your own garden, balcony, patio or window box display; or, if you don’t have access to your own outside space, you could create an indoor garden instead.

You can grow anything you like, whether it’s a vibrant floral display to brighten up your home, a range of wildflowers to attract insects and other wildlife, or a selection of fruit and vegetables to feed your family.

Any size garden can be entered.  However, we do ask that you adhere to social distancing guidelines by ensuring the garden is only worked on by people in your immediate household.

We can’t send staff out to visit your gardens for judging so we would like you to send us some photographs instead.  Please see the ‘How to Enter’ section below for further information on where to send you your pictures.

The closing date for competition entries is 10th July 2020.

There will be some small prizes for our favourite gardens.  We hope to hold a winners’ event later in the year to celebrate the great gardens in the city.

How to Enter

To enter the competition you simply need to send us some photographs (no more than 6) of your garden.  You will also need to tell us your full name, address and telephone number.  You can send your entries using any of the following options:

  • online form
  • email (please note that the Council cannot receive emails with attachments larger than 10 megabytes in total, so you may need to send more than one email), please let us know if this is what you are doing:
  • post. You can download the entry form from this page and post it, along with your photographs, to the following address:

    Green Fingers Garden Competition
    Estate and Environmental Services
    Corporate Mail Facility
    Moorfoot Building
    S1 4PL

Competition rules

  1. entrants must be Sheffield City Council housing tenants.
  2. only one entrant per address.
  3. winners may be asked take part in publicity; this may include photography and filming.
  4. no cash alternative is available for prizes.
  5. photographs will not be returned to you.
  6. the judges’ decision is final.
  7. the competition is not open to employees of Sheffield City Council.
  8. criteria and eligibility checks will be carried out.  You may not be eligible to enter this competition if you are in breach of the terms of your tenancy agreement.
  9. the closing date for entries is 10th July 2020.

Privacy Notice

The information you provide to enter the Green Fingers Garden Competition will be used to check you are eligible to take part in the competition and for us to contact you about the results and, if you are awarded a prize, for us to publish your name.  Entry is by consent, so the information you provide is processed with your consent and used in accordance with the competition rules (see above).  We keep entrant details for two years, after which they are deleted.

If you are a winner and accept the prize, the competition rules require that you take part in publicity, including photography, filming and a press release.  Please see our general privacy notice for your rights and guidance on how to make a complaint.

Contact Council Housing Service

Housing and Neighbourhood Service
PO Box 5967
S2 9GH