Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards 2018

Tomatoes plants in a garden

The Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards 2018 programme is a partnership between the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society acknowledging and supporting individuals, schools and communities who are actively involved in growing their own food. 

The awards congratulate and encourage existing, new, or potential gardeners in the area, working together or as individuals.

Check whether you live within the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area boundaries

Nominations for the Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards 2018 have now closed.


  • residential house
  • residential unit
  • school/early learning centre
  • community/business.

Special awards

  • sustainability
  • organics
  • use of rain water
  • outstanding yield.

Assessment criteria

  • variety and range of plants
  • quality and general health of plants
  • freedom from pests/disorders/diseases
  • general presentation
  • absence of weeds, particularly noxious
  • innovation (use of available space)
  • use of walls, raised beds, containers
  • use of beneficials (flowers, herbs, companion planting)
  • design considerations
  • organic aspects (conversion of waste etc)
  • crop rotation and planning.

Assessment panel

Assessments will be undertaken by members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Conditions of entry

  1. Entry is free and open to any individual, group, organisation and school within the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area only.
  2. All entrants allow the organisers to publish their name and photographs in print and electronic media, including flyers and promotional material.
  3. Entrants grant the panel permission to enter their property for assessment at a mutually convenient time. Gardeners are encouraged to be present to talk with the panel.
  4. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place in March 2018. Nominees will be advised of the date.
  5. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Entrants are invited to attend a ceremony to be held in April 2018.

Recognising edible gardens in Spreydon-Cashmere

The Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is delighted to partner with the Canterbury Horticultural Society to launch the Edible Garden Awards scheme this year for our local residents, schools, families and community groups to acknowledge their efforts to produce food on their properties and in their gardens.

This is an opportunity to recognise all types of food gardens great and small. We are particularly interested in highlighting sustainability, as the Board is committed to ensuring the bounty of eco-diversity and well-being that flows from caring for our environment. 

So, whether the vegetable patch, orchard, or rain garden in your yard or your neighbour’s, is new or long established, do put in a nomination and join in with young and old gardeners across the neighbourhoods celebrating local food gardens.

Karolin Potter 
Chair, Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to join with the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board to start the Edible Garden Awards in your area.

We hope that many of you will enjoy taking part and helping to share knowledge about the delights of growing your own fresh foods. The pleasure and health benefits of creating your own produce from seeds to tasty harvest for your kitchen are beyond comparison in today’s world. We look forward to meeting you and visiting the food growing spaces in Spreydon-Cashmere.

Alan Jolliffe
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society

Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board

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