An international design competition has been launched to capture ideas that could shape the future of Ebbsfleet Garden City.


The Landscape Challenge by Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Healthy New Towns Programme,  is open to landscape architects collaborating with creative individuals, students, artists, engineers, architects and anyone who has an interest in horticulture and place-making.


It aims to generate innovative ideas which work with the challenging landscape of the Garden City to help transform the area and encourage residents, visitors and workers to become healthier. 


Prizes ranging from £500 to £5,000 will be on offer through two stages of the competition up to the final, with ideas forming part of an exhibition later in the year.


The contest will be run by the Landscape Institute and the panel of judges includes Michael Cassidy CBE, Chairman of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Lord Matthew Taylor, who has advised successive governments on planning and housing policy for over a decade and Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association and Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman of the Berkeley Group.


The winner will be announced in September and could also see their work come to life as their scheme may be transformed into a reality. 


As the first garden city of the 21st Century, Ebbsfleet aims to be an exemplar of healthy new towns. Entries will be judged on their potential to shape the whole city, rather than just one site, and for their imagination and creativity in overcoming physical barriers to create a garden city for everyone.


Michael Cassidy, Chairman of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, who partner Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Healthy New Town Programme, said: “Ebbsfleet Garden City’s landscape with its white chalk cliffs, open, green spaces and lakes provides us with a unique opportunity to provide a landscape that challenges the norm. 


“Healthy living is also a great motivation for people and people taking part will be challenged to be as creative as they can to use the Garden City’s existing landscape to its full potential.”


Ebbsfleet Garden City is one of ten areas in the country designated a Healthy New Town by NHS England. 


The Ebbsfleet scheme is the largest project in the national programme with up to 15,000 new homes and 30,000 new jobs served by 7 new city parks. 


Initiatives so far in the Ebbsfleet programme have included a Fitbit schemewhere 120 people are ‘Getting Active in Ebbsfleet’ having their fitness levels monitored and helping inform the design of the new parks and Edible Ebbsfleet, where fruit and vegetables are being grown in public areas and schools and are free for the public to pick. 


To find out more about the Landscape Challenge visit