Chance for Isle gardeners to show off skills in competition

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The council is encouraging keen gardeners to enter this year’s Best Garden Competition and ‘grow your own’. Get your green fingers at the ready.

Are you enthusiastic about gardening? Are you proud of your garden? Do you think it’s a winner? Then enter the Best Kept Garden Competition 2015.

This year there are seven categories that incorporate a range of different gardens. The aim of the 2015 competition is to encourage a wide range of entries from people wanting to join the growing trend of ‘growing your own’.

In addition to seasoned gardeners and allotment holders, we are encouraging more entries this year from people with small gardens, schools, people with disabilities and people who are promoting bio-diversity through their eco gardens.

The categories include:

Best large garden (over 100 square metres)

Best medium garden (up to 100 square metres)

Best small garden (up to 50 square metres)

Best schools garden

Best allotment

Best eco-friendly garden

Best garden maintained by a person with a disability

The winner of each category will receive a £100 voucher from Brigg Garden Centre.

If you would like to showcase your garden to be in with a chance of winning enter your garden before Friday 8 May.

It is free to enter by completing the online form now at www.northlincs.gov.uk/bestgardencompetition. You can also collect a free entry form from your nearest council venue, including local links, libraries, leisure centres, Normanby Hall Country Park, North Lincolnshire Museum, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and main council offices in the next few weeks. As well as from Brigg Garden Centre.

Brigg Garden Centre is sponsoring the prizes for this year’s competition.

Chris Matthews, Assistant Director of Community Services at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “There were lots of great gardens that entered last year’s competition. It was very difficult to pick the winning gardens as there were plenty of worthy winners. I’m sure there are going to be some fantastic gardens this year. A lot of hard work and imagination goes into creating these gardens, which should be recognised.

“We want to encourage a wider range of entries this year from people of all ages and abilities. If you are proud of your hard work and want to show off your garden then enter the competition today.

“If you have always wanted to try your hand at gardening but just haven’t got round to it, why not give it a try? There are so many benefits to gardening, including keeping you fit and healthy.”

Judging will take place in June and the Mayor of North Lincolnshire will take part in the judging process.

A presentation evening will then be held at Normanby Hall Country Park in July to present the winners with their trophies. The Mayor of North Lincolnshire will present the winners with their prizes.