This year’s design brief is to create: ‘a greener space that can add peacefulness into a very busy setting’.


It is important that we create ‘Green Oases’, pocket parks that soften the hard landscape of urban environments, screen traffic noise and lessen the heat island effect.


The improvement of city ecology, how the effects of climate change can be mitigated through sustainable drainage systems, and the planting of these spaces, are important factors to attract pollinators into our cities whilst giving people access to the natural environment.


All this makes the topic for this year’s Garden & Landscape Designers Association Student & Graduate Design Competition even more relevant. Sponsored by Millbrook Paving Centre and The Kildare Gallery at Carton House in association with Dublin City Council (who identified a site on Dublin’s Quays for use in the competition), entrants must create a green space that can add peacefulness into a very busy, heavily trafficked, city centre setting.


Applications are open to two categories:



  • Any STUDENT on the Island of Ireland currently studying an (accredited) garden design, landscape architecture, horticulture related course or landscape skills training course.


  • Any GRADUATE from the above approved courses who qualified in 2019 – 2020.



  • Best Category One (Student) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad & trophy
  • Best Category Two (Graduate) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad & trophy
  • Best Innovative Concept Detail Award 2020 – trophy
  • Best Planting Design 2020 – trophy

The winner plus up to 2 runners-up from each category will each receive FREE entry to the GLDA Seminar in February 2021 plus GLDA Membership (Pre-Reg or Student) for 2021.


Online entries must be received by 15th January 2021.


To find out more or to request an application pack and design brief, email