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It's time to get sowing and growing!

This year the categories have changed to reflect the challenging times that we are living in.



Best garden

Best balcony

Best creative space

Best recycling/upcycling project

Best young gardener (16 or younger and must have permission from a parent/guardian)


You can nominate yourself or a neighbour by sending your photos, the category you would like to enter, name and address to

The closing date for entries is 31 July 2020 and judging is due to take place early August 2020. Winners will be announced on this page and on Estuary Housing Associations's social media pages.

Good luck.

Estuary in Bloom Rules

Rules of the competition:
  • Entries must be from tenants and leaseholders of Estuary Housing Association
  • Previous winners may enter the competition
  • Work on gardens must have been completed by the resident
  • Residents may enter as many categories as they wish
  • If the gardener is a child (under 18), the parent or guardian of the child must submit the entry
  • By entering the competition you give Estuary Housing Association permission to use photographs of your garden for promotional materials. These materials include but are not limited to Social Media, internal newsletters, Estuary News, corporate documents, Estuary Housing Association website and Staff intranet
  • The competition will be judged by resident representatives from the FER
  • Estuary Housing Association cannot accept any responsibility for loss or delay to entries
  • Entries must be received by 5pm on 31 July 2020
  • We regret that residents with rent arrears of more than 4 weeks will not be eligible to enter the competition
  • The winners will receive a prize and a certificate from Estuary Housing Association. Vouchers will be presented to you in person. However, if you are not available, your prize will be posted to you by Recorded Delivery Mail
  • Please ensure that we have your correct contact details. If you are a prizewinner and we are unable to reach you after the competition, the prize will be given to the entry with the next highest score.
  • Communal areas cannot be entered into the competition, excepting SH&C care homes.
  • The photos sent in by the winners and runners up will be displayed on this page and on our social media platforms.
All entrants are bound by these terms and conditions. The contact details provided will be used to update our records as necessary.

Estuary in Bloom Winners 2019

Last Year's Winners

Best Garden - Includes balconies and containers

1st A.Hardy, Epping

2nd C. Nightingill, Grays

3rd T.Rigden & K.Martin, Southend-on-Sea

winning garden


1st T.Rigden & K.Martin, Southend-on-Sea

2nd J.Overton, Dunmow

3rd Mr & Mrs Ghazali, Southend-on-sea

Winning Garden

Environmentally Friendly Garden - Including vegetable patches and reusing materials

1st  B.Triggs, Southend-on-Sea

2nd L.Dobson, Dagenham

3rd J.Janusevicius & R. Petrauskaite, South Ockendon

winning garden  

Best Baskets or Tubs

1st M.Culff, Southend-on-Sea

2nd C.Sealy, Southend-on-Sea

3rd M.Brazier, Southend-on-Sea

winning garden



Estuary in Bloom Winners 2018

Spring is in the air, it's time for Estuary in Bloom!


This event is kindly sponsored by: 

    Purdy logo 


Thank you to everyone who sent in entries for Estuary in Bloom this year. The Federation of Estuary Residents chose the winner and had a difficult time deciding on their favourite garden. 
The winner this year is Christina White from Southend-on-Sea. Christina has filled her balcony with plants and the FER really enjoyed all the amazing colours and the flowers she had grown.
In second place was Susan Holdgate from Romford who only started gardening 7 years ago when she moved into her current house. In third place was Bryan Crouchman from Great Dunmow, Bryan was our winner in 2017 and has continued to keep up his amazing garden! 
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to Purdy Contracts Ltd for sponsoring this competition. 


Christina White, winner of Estuary in Bloom 2018, presented with her prize by Kevin Turnpenney, Director of Housing and Communities.


Winning garden

Christina's winning balcony for Estuary in Bloom 2018 More of Christina's balcony  Some pictures of Christinas beautiful balcony


Second place - Susan Holdgate - Romford.

 Susan Holdgate's second place entry for Estuary in Bloom 2018.


Third Place - Bryan Crouchman - Dunmow

 Bryan Crouchman, third place Estuary in Bloom 2018

Estuary in Bloom Winners 2017

We are pleased to annouce the winners of the Estuary in Bloom 2017 competition sponsored by

Purdy logo

The winners for each category are:

Best Balcony

1st place - Mrs Culff - Southend-on-Sea

2nd place - Anne Harris - Southend-on-Sea

3rd place - Teresia Sibanda-Mpofu - Southend-on-Sea

Best Balcony winner

Best Balcony

Best Garden

1st place - Bryan Couchman - Great Dunmow

2nd place - Peter Squirrel Brentwood

3rd place - Pat Scott - Clacton-on-Sea

Best Garden Winner

Best Garden

Best Window Box/Container

Hanging Basket

1st place - Sharon Winters - Southend-on-Sea

2nd place - Lee Dobson - Dagenham

3rd place - Brywin Rocknean - Southend-on-Sea

Best container/hanging basket

Best container/hanging basket