Discover how we’re supporting good home initiatives locally. If you're a charity, you can find out more information below, along with details of how to register your interest.
B&Q's community garden of the Year 2022
B&Q’s Community Garden of the Year competition is back! Following last year's success, which saw Brickmakers Wood crowned the B&Q Community Garden of the Year, we’re back, with a new lead judge and a £2500 gift card to help grow and maintain the project.
This year our panel of judges are 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.
We’re fortunate to have an experienced line-up of judges, each offering their unique perspective on community outdoor spaces. They are Dame Prue Leith, best-known as a judge on The Great British Bake Off; Matt Childs and Humaira Ikram, both RHS award-winning garden designers; and Steve Guy, B&Q's Outdoor Category Director, with 35 years’ experience of gardening. Find out more about our judges here.
Our four judges want to see how your community garden project has positively impacted mental and physical wellbeing, and in particular:
- How the community garden project has encouraged the inclusion of a range of people in the community e.g. different age groups
- How plants and growing have been incorporated to allow for both sensory pleasure and enjoyment, but also the ability for people to get involved in growing
- How the community garden has been a benefit to wildlife and biodiversity with consideration for sustainability in its construction and ongoing care
- Evidence of the fun factor where the garden has allowed the people or group benefitting from the community garden/space to be creative and express themselves
The team behind the winning garden will receive a £2500 B&Q gift card for the growth and maintenance of the project. Terms and conditions for the use of the gift card apply: see here for gift card terms and conditions.
The deadline for entries is 12 Noon on Monday 20 June 2021. The winner will be contacted by Friday 24 June 2021.
To enter, submit your entry using the entry form here.
Full terms and conditions can be found here.
Our 2021 B&Q Community Garden of the Year was named Brickmakers Wood, a local Ipswich charity and urban community garden, was previously an unmanaged site, used for illicit activity and littered with decades worth of rubbish and fly-tipping. Following involvement from over 3,000 volunteers, including local employees and disadvantaged young people, the space has been transformed into a tranquil and natural community garden, benefiting challenged individuals in the local area. After over 10,000 volunteer hours, Brickmakers Wood now features lush greens and vibrant colours. The wild wooded areas have been restored, and ponds, which are now teaming with wildlife have been installed. Interactive community involvement has been facilitated by the creation of a wild edible plant nursery, as well as a grassed amphitheatre for drama, music therapy and community events. Volunteers have also constructed a wheelchair-friendly tiered allotment to ensure growing your own is accessible for all.
Supporting our communities during COVID-19
During this global pandemic, its vital that we give support and thanks to the frontline care workers and key workers in our local communities. Their heroic efforts and dedication have been an inspiration to us all.
B&Q colleagues have been supporting by donating vital PPE equipment to frontline carers, brightening up the gardens of local hospices and care homes with donations of plants and flowers and spreading colour with paint donations to community spaces. Thank you to everyone that is, sharing, caring, curing, and supporting during this time.
Supporting 50 community projects
B&Q is part of local communities across the UK, as well as supporting them during the COVID-19 pandemic, we support the poor housing and homeless charity Shelter at national partnership level and support local charity initiatives.
Last year we teamed up with Neighbourly and supported 50 additional local good home projects. We wanted to support local charities who were providing a home from home or welcoming space for their local community. From helping decorate a hospice, or community centre to creating a new storage area for a foodbank, we will gave our skills, product, funds and time to improve these spaces, supporting our ambition to make home improvement accessible to everyone.
If you are a local charity or community group looking for support, you can register here. Make sure you check out our community reuse page as well. While we’re passionate about supporting local good causes, please do understand we receive many requests and unfortunately, we’re unable to help everyone.
Please be aware that B&Q no longer permits charity collections in-store except for our charity partners.
Please note that B&Q cannot support initiatives relating to:
- Political parties or causes
- Religious organisations whose principle aim is to propagate a particular faith or belief
- Personal appeals by, or on behalf of individuals