It’s coming up roses for Stirling’s green-fingered greats

A competition to find the tenants who keep the best gardens in Stirling Council’s housing stock promises to be blooming wonderful.

A picture of a smiling man in his garden, holding a watering can as he waters colourful flowers
Provost Dodds is searching for the most colourful gardens among Stirling Council's tenants.

A fun and informal contest is open to all tenants who look after green spaces at their homes, with an entry deadline of Friday, 4 August.

Winners will be announced later next month, with prizes awarded for overall winners in the following categories:

  • Best garden - £100 voucher
  • Best vegetable garden - £50 voucher
  • Best shared/communal garden - £50 voucher
  • Most improved garden - £50 voucher (before photos must be supplied)


Provost Douglas Dodds will help judge the competition, along with Cllr Rachel Nunn – a keen gardener – and housing officers. He hopes the competition will become an annual event.

Provost Dodds said: “A well-kept garden doesn’t just improve the physical appearance of a home. Gardening is also accepted as helping with physical, social and mental health wellbeing.

“We know from our tenants’ satisfaction surveys that well-maintained neighbourhoods are a key priority for those who live in them and that gardening enhances the local environment. It can also help promote friendships and positive relationships between neighbours.

“The competition will recognise tenants who take pride and make the extra effort to improve their own and their neighbours’ living environments. Green fingers can be worth their weight in gold in our communities.”


You can nominate yourself, or someone you know, by telephoning 01786 237810 or emailing – and you can enter multiple categories.

Please provide your name, address, contact number and garden category or the name and address of the neighbour you are nominating. Visits to gardens will take place before a shortlist is drawn up.

Final judging will take place in late August, with the winners announced in the next edition of Open Door, the newsletter for Stirling Council tenants.