Estuary In Bloom

We have had some superb entries this year and a big thank you to everyone who sent in pictures of your wonderful gardens, balconies and outside areas and not forgetting our judges from the FER for their hard work. . 

It was a hard process, but the we're proud to announce the winners and runners up as follows: 

Estuary in Bloom Winners 2021

Best Garden 

1st - Cheryl, Dunmow

2nd - Anita, Wickford

3rd - Susan, Grays 

Best Garden 2021



Best Balcony

1st - Andy, Southend-on-Sea

2nd - Sharon, Southend-on-Sea

3rd - Mary, Southend-on-Sea

Best Balcony 2021



Best Creative Space - Anything Goes!

1st - Residents of Jotmans Lane Care and Support Home

2nd - Sarah, Southend-on-Sea

3rd - Peter, Brentwood

Best Creative Space 2021   



Best Upcycling/Recycling Project

1st - Shaun and Jenny, Clacton

2nd - Arthur and Brenda, Southend-on-Sea

3rd - Lee, Dagenham

Best Upcycling Project 2021



Best Young Gardener (16 or younger)

This category was judged by a young resident, Lillie from Westcliff-on-Sea. She particularly liked the effort that went into the labelling of the plants, the dinosaur pots and was impressed with the young gardener who grew a carrot.

1st - Freda, Heybridge

2nd - Harry, Maldon

3rd - Shayden, Dagenham

Best Young Gardener 2021

Estuary in Bloom Winners 2020

Best Garden 

1st - L Warner, Colchester

2nd - S Holdgate, Grays

3rd - J Matthews, Shoeburyness 

Best Garden Photo



Best Balcony

1st - M Prowse, Southend

2nd - M Culff, Southend 

3rd - D Buckland, Southend

Best balcony photo



Best Creative Space - Anything Goes!

1st - P Squirrell, Brentwood

2nd - B Crouchman, Dunmow

3rd - K Rhodes, Romford

Best Creative Space Photo  



Best Upcycling/Recycling Project

1st - Residents at Third Avenue Care Home, Wickford

2nd - Toni & Kevin, Eastwood

3rd - Shaun & Jenny, Clacton

Best upcycling photo



Best Young Gardener (16 or younger)

1st - Shayden, Dagenham

2nd - Harry, Maldon

3rd - Amy, Eastwood

Best Young Gardener photo

Estuary in Bloom Winners 2019

Best Garden - Includes balconies and containers

1st - A.Hardy, Epping

2nd - C. Nightingill, Grays

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

Winning garden 2019


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

2nd - J.Overton, Dunmow

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

Creativity 2019

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

Environmentally Friendly Garden 2019  

Best Baskets Or Tubs

1st - M.Culff, Southend-on-Sea

2nd - C.Sealy, Southend-on-Sea

3rd - M.Brazier, Southend-on-Sea

Best Baskets Or Tubs 2019

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 2021
  • 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, with the exception of our Care and Support 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.