Garden competition beginsPublished Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
Rotherham Council has launched its annual gardening competition in National Gardening Week, inviting council tenants to enter the popular contest.
With a focus on ways to inspire home gardeners to gain new green skills as well as gain the many health benefits of growing plants and being active outdoors, National Gardening Week runs from 30 April –3 May 2018.
Aspirations of the national week are allied to the Council’s aims to celebrate the gardening skills of people living in Rotherham council homes and encourage them to show off their gardens.
Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Housing and Neighbourhoods, Tom Bell, said: “I would urge tenants who nurture their gardens to enter this year’s Garden Competition. You don’t have to be a gardening expert, you just need be proud of your garden, and if you haven’t entered before there is a “First Time Entry” category just for you.
“We would like to recognise our tenants and leaseholders for all the hard work they put into making Rotherham more welcoming and a place to be proud of.”
The competition, held across the whole borough, has several entry categories including: best first time entry, best multi-use garden, best balcony, patio or small space, and best garden. The closing date for entries is, Friday 29 June 2018.
The winner of each category will receive a prize of £50 and will then be entered into the best in show category, with the overall winner receiving an additional prize of £200. In addition, the Mayor of Rotherham will also choose a garden to receive the Mayor’s choice category.
Prize money is awarded in the form of high street vouchers at the awards ceremony taking place at Rotherham Town Hall on, Thursday, 13 September, 2018.
The judging panel will be made up of representatives from the Council’s Housing and Neighbourhood Services who will begin assessing the gardens in the two weeks after the closing date, weather permitting.
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