Period Living’s May issue announces opening of submissions for annual Home and Garden of the Year awards

The May issue of Period Living, on sale from 26 March, is marking the return of its annual Home and Garden of the Year awards. Britain’s fastest growing home title and best-selling period homes magazine is on the hunt again for completed home improvement, garden or interior decoration projects with restored period or original features. The closing date for all entries is 5pm on Wednesday, 8 July 2020 and the overall winner will enjoy a prize worth £1,000.

The awards categories include: Best Project; Best Kitchen; Best Interior Style, sponsored by The Rug Seller; Best Listed Home, sponsored by The Sash Window Workshop; and Garden of the Year, sponsored by Bridgman. Period Living encourages submissions from a spectrum of projects such as elegant townhouses and semis; cosy cottages and terraces; fabulous farmhouses; characterful conversions such as barns, schools, chapels, pubs and windmills; intriguing listed buildings; extended homes, first-time and DIY projects; showstopping kitchens, and gorgeous gardens.

Melanie Griffiths, editor of Period Living magazine, says, “These awards are very dear to us because they offer a chance to highlight the dedication, care and creativity British homeowners inject into pursuing their dream home and garden. They are a limitless source of inspiration and we cannot wait to start reviewing the entries. Boundaries are broken each year and I’m certain these awards will be no different.”

Homeowners wishing to enter the awards can visit and follow the instructions on the website. Full terms and conditions can be found at The application should include up to 500 words on why the home should win, with details about the before and after, any period or original features that have successfully been restored or reinstated, and photos of the interior and exterior of the property or images of the garden.

The prizewinning entries will be announced in the publication’s January 2021 issue. The overall winner will secure £1,000 in John Lewis vouchers as well as a year’s subscription to Period Livingmagazine for themselves and a friend, worth over £100. The garden of the year will also win John Lewis vouchers worth £500 and a year’s subscription to Period Living, worth £50. An additional three runners-up will each win a year’s subscription to the magazine.

Last year’s overall winner renovated a Grade II-listed former laundry and dairy building that was particularly special as it had been in the husband’s family for five generations. In the garden category, the prize was scooped by a five-year transformation of a neglected plot into a spectacular English country garden.

More details can be found in the May issue of Period Living, on sale from 26 March 2020 from all good news stands.