The Second SPRA and SPAN Front Gardens Competition

Tell us about front gardens that cheer you up

Nominations are now open until Sunday September 5 for this year’s SPRA Front Gardens competition.

If when out and about in Spring Park you spot a front garden that attracts you by its colours, layout or insect friendly plants why not let us know – see below for how to do this. It’s a way to say thank you to the garden owners who brighten our street scene and they might win one of three prizes on offer. 

This year we are looking for a late summer garden. There is an additional special category for tubs and planters, (for those whose front gardens are paved over) and we will welcome nominations for local shops and businesses as well as private homes. In due course we hope to make available a list of the nominated gardens via the SPRA web site.

Any SPRA member is able to nominate a garden, from which our judges, including a representative of Croydon Friends of the Earth, will choose the winners over the second weekend in September.  There will be three categories this year, all with prizes, and our thanks go to Croydon Friends of the Earth who are sponsoring categories 2 and 3. The categories for 2021 are:

1. A front garden that cheers us up

2. The best Bee Friendly front garden with bee and pollinator friendly plants in flower beds

3. The best Bee Friendly front garden with bee and pollinator friendly plants in tubs and planters

As last year, the gardens owned by members of the SPRA Executive, Trustees, Auditors, SPAN Editorial Team and any of their close families, are not eligible to be considered for the prizes and the Judges’ decisions will be final. We hope to photograph all the shortlisted entries to share in a future issue of SPAN for those who may not have seen them.

Entering your favourite garden is easy – all you need to do is complete the form below and return it to 79 Shirley Way – or send an email with all the information requested to

We do the rest! We will advise the garden owner that their garden is appreciated, though we will not tell them who entered it, and we will ask for permission to photograph it for SPAN, if shortlisted. (Not giving permission to be photographed will not disqualify any entry).

Entry Form (to be returned to 79 Shirley Way or emailed to

Your name:

Your contact details: (For SPRA internal use only)

Address of the Front Garden you wish to nominate:

What is it about this front garden that cheers you up?