Banbury home builder looking for the gardener of the future

A local housebuilder is searching for a ‘grow-getter’ to design a garden of the future, but there’s one catch – you have to be under 11 years old.

By Matt Elofson
Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:32 am
Banbury home builder Redrow is searching for a 'Grow-getter' to design a garden of the future
Banbury home builder Redrow is searching for a 'Grow-getter' to design a garden of the future

Heading the region-wide search, Redrow South Midlands, currently building at Bloxham Vale, on Bloxham Road, will reward one lucky budding landscape artist with their own personalised planter and gardening kit, while their school will also receive £100 worth of gardening vouchers to create a greener playground.

From floating flower pots and vegetable patches made from upcycled materials, to rainwater-powered lighting fixtures and luxury birdhouses with solar panels to power nearby water features, children are encouraged to unleash their creativity and fill their imaginary green spaces with eco-friendly and futuristic elements, whether they’re natural or man-made.

Children from across the region can apply for the role by visiting the competition entry page and submitting their design for the garden of the future before Sunday May 29.

The competition follows the announcement of Redrow’s biodiversity strategy, ‘Nature for People’, established in partnership with the Wildlife Trusts. The strategy includes a ‘landscape-led’ design approach, which will shape the way developments look in the future by enhancing existing natural features and wildlife routes, as well as focusing on effective habitat management.

Suzanne Irons, sales director for Redrow South Midlands, said: “The past year has taught us how to appreciate the outdoors, now more than ever.

"As a housebuilder, we’re keen to leave a positive environmental legacy by making sure people living in our developments can benefit from healthy, beautiful green spaces, so we’ve been working closely with the Wildlife Trusts to increase biodiversity.

“After the creation of nature-rich environments across all our developments, the next natural step is to look at how we can bring nature into people’s own gardens.

“With demand for homes with bespoke outdoor space on the rise, we started asking ourselves – what could they look like in 10, 20, or even 30 years’ time? There are no better people to answer that question than our children – they still have overflowing imaginations that can sometimes be lost as an adult, so we’ve decided to launch a region-wide search for a ‘Grow-getter’.

“We’re looking for a young Banbury local who is passionate about nature, dreams of colourful spaces filled with futuristic flowers and can reinvent gardens as we know them. If this sounds like your child, then we can’t wait to hear from you!”

For more information about this competition and becoming the region’s next ‘Grow-getter’, please visit to download an entry form.