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Ugliest Schoolyard Contest

Photo of a schoolyard

Greater Sudbury’s Ugliest Schoolyard Contest takes place every spring, and is hosted by VETAC, City Council’s Advisory Panel on Regreening. The purpose of the contest is to help local schools create greener and healthier schoolyards.

  • Photos of the more than 50 projects that have been supported can be found on our interactive map!
  • This video provides an overview of how the contest works.
  • Virtual resources to help you plan your own school’s regreening project are available.

We encourage you to learn more about the plans for this year’s contest and submit an application on behalf of your school before the deadline in early May.

How Does the Sudbury Horticultural Society Support This Important Initiative?

Every year, the Society donates funds to support the purchase of plants and gardening supplies for the project at the winning school. In the early fall, volunteers from the Sudbury Society work on-site at that school to help students, teachers, and parents create gardens and plant hardy perennials. wildflowers, and shrubs.

If you would like to join the team of volunteers please send us an e-mail and you will receive more details about the planting plans for this year.


View our collection of photos from the 2022 Ugliest Schoolyard Contest winners: 


View our collection of videos from past Ugliest Schoolyard Contest winners.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact the Society about the Ugliest Schoolyard Contest, or for all other inquiries, please email