Calling all proud gardeners

Bodnant Garden invites the people of Wales to share their outdoor spaces in 2015

The Upper Garden

Bodnant Garden is part of the local national heritage…and now your garden could be too with the launch of a new National Trust Wales competition.

#NTWalesGardenProud aims to capture and celebrate the way people in Wales use their gardens and outdoor spaces. The social media competition will encourage proud Welsh garden owners to submit photos to win a day of special care and attention for their garden from National Trust experts.

From sprawling country gardens that epitomise the rural idyll, to innovative urban spaces that make the best use out of every available inch, we want to find out how the people of Wales use their green spaces, be they humble or grand.

JR Pic

One of the judges, our very own head gardener John Rippin

As part of the #NTWalesGardenProud competition, National Trust Wales has enlisted a panel of judges, who will review the entries received and decide on a final winner. The judges on board include our very own head gardener John Rippin; Terry Walton, BBC Radio gardening personality; Chris Flynn, Head Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens, the magnificent Edwardian designed garden in the Vale of Glamorgan; and Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

Entrants are being asked to submit their garden photos via social media by posting to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NTWalesGardenProud. At the end of the competition the entries will be added to an online digital archive and published for everyone to enjoy.

Speaking about the launch of the #NTWalesGardenProud competition, Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales and one of the judges, commented: “We are proud to be the guardians of such great gardens in Wales as Bodnant and Dyffryn.  And we look after a huge number of outdoor spaces across the nation, including more than 150 miles of Welsh coastline and large swathes of countryside, woodland, rivers and lakes.

Azaleas and rhododendrons near the Shrub Borders at Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales

Bodnant Garden’s famous spring display of rhododendrons

“So, we thought it would be great to find out how Welsh gardeners use and look after their own personal outdoor spaces. It would be wonderful to build up a national picture about what these spaces look like today, and it can be a historical record that future generations can appreciate.  This is a competition that will celebrate the wonderful gardens we have in Wales.”

So whether you are the proud owner of a chic courtyard space, urban rooftop, contained balconette, functioning kitchen garden, woodland wilderness or Zen water garden, National Trust Wales wants to see pictures of your local outdoor spaces.


One of Bodnant Garden’s wildflower meadows

How to enter

Submit your garden photos via social media by posting to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NTWalesGardenProud.

Alternatively email your entries to

Terms and conditions apply. Simply hashtagging #NTWalesGardenProud does not constitute entry. Maximum ten entries per garden. Entries close at midnight on Friday May 8th 2015.

The prize

One lucky winner will have the chance for their garden to receive the full National Trust treatment for one weekend, and much more.

  • A National Trust plaque declaring the garden as the winner of the #NTWalesGardenProud competition
  • A winner’s garden cream tea for the winner and their family and friends
  • Invitation designed for the occasion
  • Branded National Trust deckchairs
  • Annual National Trust visitor pass (for 12 months)
  • An exclusive half day consultation with a National Trust Wales gardener
  • An exclusive photo feature of the winning garden will appear in the Western Mail Weekend Homes supplement
The Lily Terrace

The famous terraces at Bodnant Garden




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