KLC Course Leader and Award Winning Alumnus to Judge B&Q Gardener of the Year 2021


We are very proud to announce that garden design course leader, Humaira Ikram, and Award-winning garden designer and KLC Garden Alumnus, Matt Childs will join comic legend Jim Moir and B&Q’s outdoor category director Steve Guy to judge B&Q’s Gardener of the year competition 2021.


On reflection of the ethos of the competitions Matt says “We have been designing gardens for over twelve years now and we are absolutely passionate about creating spaces that reflect the people that use them.  That’s why B&Q’s garden of the year competition is all about celebrating spaces of all sizes and shapes whether that be balconies to patios, exuberant uses of colour or ‘grow your own’ spaces.”

Entrants are being asked to submit their gardens in one of five categories – best use of colour, best use of imagination, best grow your own space, best use of small space and best eco-friendly garden.

Alongside their co-judges, Humaira and Matt will be looking for the five category winners and from this shortlist they will then have the responsibility to select an overall title winner to be awarded the grand prize of £10,000!  Also, and definitely not to be sniffed at, the four runners up will each receive £1000 cash award.

Alongside ‘Gardener of the Year’ B&Q has also launched the B&Q Community Garden of the Year competition.  In promotion of the award they say ‘We're looking to see how an outdoor space has been transformed for the better, resulting in a positive benefit of a community or group of people.  Our B&Q Community garden winner will be awarded a day's online or face-to-face expert consultation with two of the judges, Matt Childs and Humaira Ikram, and a B&Q Green Card to the value of £2500.’

For this competition the judges will be particularly looking at how a community garden project has positively enriched the mental and physical wellbeing of local residents and encouraged inclusivity and engagement to the benefit of all.  Judges will also be looking for evidence of ecological awareness including the encouragement of wildlife and the incorporation of sustainable management and maintenance practises.

Needless to say, KLC is very proud of Humaira’s and Matt’s involvement in this national competition and we wish them the very best of luck with what promises to be a mammoth yet hugely rewarding task.

For more information about the competition and to enterplease visit the B&Q website. https://www.diy.com/projects/outdoors