CED Stone Inspiring Beautiful Landscapes

Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show Countryside Borders Competition

Post date: 01 Feb, 2024

Call for competition entries

CED Stone is delighted to support this exciting garden show now in its sixth consecutive year, with a competition open to anyone involved in garden design, horticulture and landscaping to design a great planting scheme that shows off your skills to visitors on a theme of ‘Countryside Borders’.

The successful applicants will receive:

● The opportunity to be creative, do something a little different and start your show garden career.
● A grant of £200 to help you cover the costs of materials as well as access to CED supplied hard materials.
● Recognition and coverage for all the exhibitors involved.
● The opportunity to meet potential new customers.
● The chance to win the ‘Best Countryside Border’ award as well as other show trophies

The Brief

We want you to design a great planting scheme that shows off your skills to visitors on a theme of ‘Countryside Borders’. You might decide to create a wildlife friendly design, sustainable planting for summer droughts, a rain garden for increasingly wet years or a planting for a small country town garden on an entertaining theme. Whatever your chosen story it should work within the overall theme of ‘Countryside Borders’.

The Build

You have the option of designing one of either of these spaces –
A. 1.2m x 4.8m border
B. 2.4m x 2.4m border (these are our traditional spaces that you can see in the images).
They cover the same area but give you more flexibility with your design.

The rest is up to you to design, plant and finish to show standard. This year, as sponsors, CED Stone will supply hard landscaping materials from a limited range to use in your border design. You can choose from the following – Granite setts, footpath gravels, the Eccogravel system and aggregates and gravels.

You will not be able to excavate the ground, but your border will be raised above ground by approximately 200mm high and you can raise the border height further yourself if you want. We will supply a simple display board alongside the garden so that people can find out all about you.


You have just 2 days before the show opens to put your border together. Further information on access will be sent to all successful applicants and if you need some advice you can get in touch.

How To Enter

Your design submission should be no more than one A3 page and include:

● An outline drawing of your idea including an elevation of the planting design and a brief description of your narrative or story i.e., what your design is all about.
● A mood board showing an idea of some of the plants you will use.

Entries should be submitted by 7th April 2024.

Remember that we are only looking for a concept design at this stage and the winners will be asked to liaise with Andy Tudburyat the show’s office regarding access etc. Andy can also help you with advice on sourcing material locally if this is required.

Please email your submission either as a pdf digital copy to: halcyondays.ge@gmail.com
or as a hard copy to: Andy Tudbury, Head Gardener, c/o The Estate office, Belvoir Castle, Woolsthorpe Road, Belvoir, Grantham NG32 1PA

Find out more and download the brief https://www.lcgd.org.uk/wp-con...