Royal Garden Competition - Terms and Conditions

Rules for Blue Peter’s Royal Garden Competition

1. Blue Peter’s Royal Garden Competition (the “Competition”) is open to all UK residents (including residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle Of Man) aged between 6 and 15 years of age on Tuesday 25th June 2019 (the closing date for entries) except the children or close relatives of Kennsington Palace or Royal Horticultural Society employees, BBC employees, contributors, contractors, BBC Group company employees, or any persons closely connected with the Competition. The BBC reserves the right to request proof of age for entrants as well as parent’s or guardian’s consent and necessary state of health. Only one entry per person may be submitted. No joint entries will be allowed.

2. To enter the Competition, entrants must:

  • Draw a decorative garden sculpture to be made from natural materials and based on the theme of nature.
  • Include one element in the sculpture that visitors can play or interact with.
  • Describe their design and the inspiration behind it.
  • Write a short paragraph describing why they love the outdoors and their ultimate outdoor activity.
  • Complete a contact details page and obtain parent / guardian permission.
  • Entry is via post only.

3. Entry is via the entry form which can only be downloaded from the Blue Peter website

4. If entrants submit more than one entry, we will judge the first entry received and disregard the others.

5. The entry must be the entrant’s own original work and not be defamatory nor breach any copyright or contain anything that could be deemed offensive.

6. All submissions must include the entrant’s: name, age, date of birth, address including postcode, parent/guardian’s name and two contact telephone numbers (primary and backup) which can be filled in on the appropriate sections of the entry form. Entrants should ask their parent/guardian’s permission to enter the Competition, fill in the correct details and ensure that they have read the terms and conditions. This must be confirmed by a parent/guardian completing the tick box on the entry form. The telephone number provided must allow your parent/guardian to be contacted between Friday 28th June 2019 – Tuesday 2nd June.

7. All entrants must enter the Competition by submitting their entry form by post to: Blue Peter’s Royal Garden Competition, BBC Bridge House, MediaCityUK, M50 2BH.

8. Entries must be RECEIVED by no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 25th June 2019. Late, incomplete or illegible entries or entries with insufficient postage will be disqualified. The BBC cannot take any responsibility for any technical failure or malfunction, including but not limited to any affecting postal services, which may result in any entry being delayed, lost or not properly registered or recorded. The BBC will not be able to return entries.

9. By submitting an entry for the Competition, the entrant’s parent/guardian is deemed to have given consent for the entry to be published free of charge by the BBC/BBC Studios in all media, including television, print and internet, for all purposes as it wishes. Blue Peter may wish to display entries containing an entrant’s name, age and town or county, in all of the above instances working in line with the BBC’s Child Protection Policy, to prevent jigsaw identification of any entrant. Blue Peter may wish to display entries containing an entrant’s name, age and town or county in the studio and in a website gallery. BBC’s conditions on contributions apply to the terms and conditions and can be found

10. 10. For editorial reasons, it is necessary for RHS to acquire ownership of all rights in the Winning Design and it is a condition of entry that the winner’s parent/guardian will sign any additional documentation in order to assign all rights to RHS and to waive all moral rights the winner may have in the Winning Design. If you have any concerns about this requirement, we would advise you not to enter.

11. Notwithstanding Clause 10 above, the BBC shall retain the right to feature the winning design along with all entries to the Royal Garden Competition within the Programme in perpetuity.

12. RHS will be able to publish the Winning Design free of charge.

13. The RHS may need to make reasonable modifications to the winning designs, however the design shall recognisably be the winning design of the Competition.

14. All entries will be judged in the first instance by members of the Blue Peter production team and representatives from Kensington Palace and RHS. This first judging panel will decide which entries should be put forward to the second stage of judging. The first judging round will select the 10 best entries for each of the following age categories:

  • Category 1: Entrants aged 6-8
  • Category 2: Entrants aged 9-11
  • Category 3: Entrants aged 12-15

For each age category 3 back-up entries will be ranked in order of merit to act as standbys to replace any entries that in the verification process need to be excluded from the competition. During judging equal weighting will be given to the design of the sculpture and the paragraph describing the environmental themes. 30 entries in total will go through from the first round of judging to the second round of judging.

15. The second judging stage will look at the 10 best entries for each age category (30 entries in total) and be carried out by a judging panel of representatives from Kensington Palace, RHS and Blue Peter. The panel may change subject to availability. From the 30 entries, the panel will choose a top entry for each age category (3 top entries in total). The 3 top entries will be ranked in merit order and an overall winner will be chosen. Criteria

16. All entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Design – The decorative garden sculpture must have a bold, unique design.
  • Natural - The sculpture must be made from natural materials and not feature any brands or logos (although the Blue Peter ship can be used if desired).
  • Interactive – The sculpture must include one element that visitors can play or interact with
  • Theme – The sculpture must embrace the theme of nature and be in keeping with a garden environment.
  • Paragraph – The entrant must write a paragraph describing why they love the outdoors and their ultimate outdoor activity.

17. The prizes consist of:

1st Prize: 1 Winner 

  • A one of a kind decorative garden sculpture created and installed at HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s garden at RHS Wisley;
  • Attend the opening ceremony of the gardens;
  • A Blue Peter Orange competition badge; and
  • A framed copy of their entry;

Top Runners Up Prizes: 2 entries 

  • Their ultimate outdoor activity turned into a special Blue Peter activity card to accompany HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s Garden.
  • Attend the opening ceremony of the gardens; - A Blue Peter Orange competition badge; and
  • A framed copy of their entry.

Top 30 

  • The top 30 designs that go through to the second round of judging will receive a Blue Peter Orange competition badge.

18. The winners must be available on the following dates:

a. One day in July 2019 to attend filming, working with a designer to refine the sculpture idea.

b. One Thursday in September 2019 to attend filming at the Blue Peter Studios MediaCityUK, Salford.

c. One day in September to attend the opening of the garden at RHS Wisley

19. These dates are non-movable (particularly the opening ceremony), but we reserve the right to change them due to editorial/production considerations.

20. The BBC will obtain an appropriate child licence for each of the winners and runners up if needed. Reasonable travel, food, accommodation costs will be provided by the BBC for the winning child and a parent or guardian to appear on Blue Peter and to attend the filming of the winner’s story. The winner will be deemed to have agreed to be filmed (both video and stills) during their days on location by the Blue Peter Production team. The parent/guardian of the winners (and runners up if applicable) will be required to sign contributor release forms on behalf of their child/ward and themselves to allow the BBC to use the contributions in all media for all purposes.

21. Telephone calls will be made to the 30 short listed entrants (and their parent/guardians) between Friday 28th June – Tuesday 2nd July 2019 in order to check eligibility. Phone calls will also be made to the backup entries, which will be taken through to the second stage of judging, to be used if any of the top 30 are not eligible. If an entrant (including parent/guardian) is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the BBC reserves the right to offer their place to the next best entrant. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted. Entries cannot be returned to entrants.

22. The prizes will be as stated. The prizes cannot be transferred and there is no cash alternative.

23. The winner will be notified between Wednesday 3rd July – Thursday 4th July 2019 by telephone, as per the contact details provided in their entries. In the event of the winners being unable to be contacted, after reasonable attempts have been made, or being unable to attend the Blue Peter filming or if any of the winners are found to be in breach of the rules or fail to take up their prize for any reason, including illness, unavailability, problems in having consent for absence from school, licensing difficulties OR problems with obtaining a sign off from their doctor regarding state of health to participate, the BBC reserves the right to offer the prize to a top runner-up who will be ranked in order of merit but it is not obliged to do so.

24. The BBC’s and the judges’ decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the Competition will be entered into.

25. Entrants will be expected to take part in post-Competition publicity for the BBC.

26. The BBC reserves the right to cancel the Competition or change any of these rules at any stage if deemed necessary in its opinion or if circumstances arise outside of its control. Any such changes will be duly communicated. The BBC cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen events relating to the cancellation of The Royal Garden Competition.

27. The parent/guardian of an applicant is required to accept these terms and conditions by way of tick box for the entry to be valid.

28. The Competition complies with the BBC Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting, which can be found on:

29. The BBC shall treat all relevant information submitted as part of the Competition in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy Policy:

30. The BBC, Kensington Palace and RHS or any other organisation associated with the Competition accepts no liability for any damage, loss, liabilities (including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damage) injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Competition, not being able to enter into the Competition or accepting any of the prizes. Nothing shall exclude the liability of the BBC, Kensington Palace and RHS for (i) fraudulent misrepresentation, (ii) for death or personal injury as a result of that Party's negligence, or (iii) any other cause of action which cannot be limited or excluded under applicable law. In no event shall the BBC, Kensington Palace, RHS and/or any other organisation associated with the Competition’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, or causes of action exceed the price of the relevant prize.

31. If any of these clauses should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable then it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and conditions and the remaining clauses shall survive, remain in full force and effect.

32. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. The courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim, dispute or matter arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions.

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