Design a Secret Garden Competition

Unlock your imagination with our new partnership to celebrate the release of The Secret Garden, in cinemas this summer.

While the nationwide release of The Secret Garden has been moved to the summer, we are still delighted offer this exciting opportunity for young gardeners and visionaries to take part in an exclusive competition.

We would like young people to imagine they have discovered the gates to a hidden, secret garden and to let us know what it looks like.

They can choose how they would like to showcase their garden. Perhaps they would like to draw or paint their design, create a collage or model, or even plant up a miniature version of it.

To enter

Download the Secret Garden entry booklet located in the green box. In here will be some inspiration for the design as well as a form to complete. Entries should be submitted on a single piece of A4 paper, along with the entry form, and emailed or posted to The Campaign for School Gardening team (details in the booklet).

Entrants should think about the different elements of their garden and let us know why have they chosen them. Would they like their garden to attract wildlife with pollinator friendly plants or be a calming place to think with a gentle stream running through it? Their garden can have whatever they wish in it but just be sure to explain why.


Our very special judges will be picking their favourite garden based on the design and reasons behind it. The winner will have the chance to see their garden, or elements of it, brought to life either in their school or in their community.

The winner and runners up will also win an exclusive movie goody bag!

Click here to read the full terms and conditions.


Enter the competition

Clambering through the overgrown trees and bushes, you come across a set of tall glistening gates. You put your hand into your pocket and pull out the heavy iron key you found hidden in some rocks. Could it be?...

You carefully place the key inside the lock and turn… *click*

Buzzing with excitement, you push the heavy gates and with a loud creak they slowly open.

You step through the gates and gasp at the view of your secret garden…


To enter, download our Secret Garden competition booklet and let your children's imagination run wild! 

Entry form

Due to the film release date being moved, the deadline for entries has been extended. The closing date is TBC but keep them coming in!


Activity Sheets

Take young people on a magical journey with our exclusive activity sheets, free to download and print:

About the new movie, The Secret Garden

From the producers of PaddingtonHarry Potter and 
Fantastic Beasts comes a visionary adaptation of one of the world’s most enduring children’s stories – The Secret Garden. An enchanting and timeless adventure celebrating friendship, nature and the limitless power of childhood imagination.
When 10-year old orphan Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx) is sent from India to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald (Colin Firth) and his strict housekeeper Mrs Medlock (Julie Walters) in a mysterious manor, she feels lonelier than ever before.

Told to stay in her room, her natural curiosity leads her to explore the forbidding house which she discovers is full of secrets, including an enchanted and boundless garden that has been hidden for years.

With local boy Dickon, her sick cousin Colin, and a playful stray dog, she embraces this world of wonder and magic which unlocks secrets from the past – revealing a whole new life of hope and friendship.


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