Schools Show Garden Competition


Schools Show Garden Competition

Kindly Sponsored by The Chadacre Agricultural Trust

Launched in 2015, the Schools Show Garden Competition gives schools the opportunity to design and build a 3m x 3m show garden to reflect the theme which is different every year.

‘A Slice of Suffolk History’ was the theme for the 2015 competition

‘Wildlife in Your Garden’ in 2016

The theme for the 2017 competition is ‘Made in Suffolk’. Design work and planning takes place in the school classroom with the gardens being built at Trinity Park during the week prior to the Suffolk Show, which in 2017 is on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June. The gardens will be judged on the first day of the Show when the winner of the competition will be crowned. 

  • The Suffolk Agricultural Association will contribute £150.00 towards the cost of each garden which schools are free to spend as they wish.
  • £100.00 worth of shrubs, plants, seeds etc are available to you to spend with Rougham Hall Nurseries based on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds.
  • Ed Hopkins, a top Suffolk garden designer, will be on hand to offer advice and assistance during the design stage of this project. 

Age Group: Years 1 to 6
Apply by: Friday 9 December 2016

For more information please email Helen Fomenko

Below you will find examples of some of the gardens designed and built by schools in 2015 and 2016.


2015 Competition - A Slice of Suffolk History:



2016 Competition - Wildlife in Your Garden: