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Green-fingered Chester-Le-Street residents are being asked to take part in a gardening competition to celebrate the best and brightest horticulture in the town.

‘Chester’s Best’ celebrates and encourages impressive floral displays and environmental improvements in the Chester-le-Street area.

The overall objective of the competition, organised as a partnership scheme between Durham County Council and the Chester-le-Street District Area Action Partnership, is to create a better and more attractive environment, which residents and visitors alike can enjoy.

The competition is open to individuals, allotment holders, groups and businesses.  

Those who don’t have gardens can still take part by displaying plant pots, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets at their residential or business premises.

The categories include:

  • Best business frontage/floral display
  • Best group project to improve an area
  • Best neighbourhood area
  • Best residential garden
  • Best allotment (individual allotment plot)

In addition to the categories listed above, the judges may also make a number of special, discretionary, awards.

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, said: “We urge anyone who is proud of their garden or gardening project to enter our free competition.

“This celebrates and showcases the great horticultural credentials that Chester-le-Street has to offer.”


Judging will take place during August, and a special awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 14 September.

Entry is free and people are encouraged to download an entry form at

Alternatively, entrants can email or call 03000 261 000 to request a posted entry form.

Paper entry forms are also available to collect from the One Point Hub, Burns Green, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QH.

Closing date for entries is Friday, 16 June 2017.