Ready Steady Grow 2021

The competition is designed for residents at all supported living and retirement living services, so whether you have access to a large communal garden or allotment; have your own small garden, balcony or courtyard, you can enter one or both categories in the competition. This year’s competition focuses on two themes ‘Welcoming Nature’ and ‘Seasonal Pride’. There are also some fantastic prizes up for grabs! 

Read the details below and download the Ready Steady Grow Information Pack and print outs to get started.

Ready Steady Grow 2021 logo

Front cover of the Resident Information Pack 2021

Information pack

Contains all the information you need about the competition

Download PDF (549KB)

Gardening Progress thumbnail

Progress display

Add the date, print it out and take a photo in your garden to track progress

Download PDF (982KB)

Vegetable sowing and planting guide

Planting guide

Use this guide to decide what you can plant and when to plant it

Download PDF (504KB)

A poster showing the health benefits of gardening.

Health benefits

Still need convincing? There are lots of reasons to get gardening!

Download PDF (112KB)

Welcoming Nature

Transform your garden or window pots and boxes to welcome all that nature has to offer. Create a garden or growing space with colourful flowers to attract bees, birds and butterflies. Most of us would like more wildlife to visit our gardens, and making your outdoor space attractive to birds, mammals and insects needn't involve a lot of work, but can be very therapeutic and good for the environment.

Seasonal Pride

Whether you have a small patio area, or a large garden you can produce herbs, grow vegetables and/or fruit from scratch, nurture them, and watch them grow. See if you can become more self-sufficient and also cut your grocery spend.

If you decide to turn your home-grown produce into a delicious tasty meal, you’re sure to stand a better chance of a prize.

There is only one entry per person in each category and entries can be submitted at any point from the launch date up to 30 June 2020, so you have plenty of time to get planning and planting!

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Competition launched

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Deadline to submit entries via online form

Monday 19 – Monday 26 July 2021

Online public vote is open

Thursday 12 August

Winners announced via email to managers and scheme mailboxes, and on this page.

Everyone who enters will receive a certificate of recognition for participating in the competition.

In each category, there will be one winner and three runners up. The winners will each receive a £250 gift card, and the runners up will each receive a £100 gift call. All winners and runners up will also receive a certificate and a trophy.

The gift card prizes can be chosen from the following selection:

  • The Horticultural Trades Association, which can be spent at garden centres and nurseries across the country
  • B&Q, which can be spent nationwide at all stores on home, DIY and garden supplies
  • A supermarket of your choice, such as Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons or Asda.

Download and read the information pack (PDF 549KB), which contains useful hints and tips, as well as all the details you need to take part. To enter the competition, simply complete the online entry form below and upload pictures to demonstrate what you did.

Your garden, pots, window boxes or vegetable patches will be judged by public vote on this website between Monday 19 and Monday 26 of July. 

It will be important to show the transformation, so that voters can see how your garden or vegetable patch has improved. Make sure you upload your very best ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures, to showcase all your hard work!  

If you want to upload photos which show you or anyone else alongside your handiwork, please make sure you complete the photo consent form (PDF 669) and upload it with your entry.


Entry form

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Upload your photos
Upload up to 10 photos of your gardening work. If you or anyone else are in the photographs, make sure you complete a consent form and upload it with your entry.

Please note: Images must be less than 10MB. Images must be in .jpg .jpeg or .png format. No other file-types will be accepted.






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