Rotherham’s 2019 annual Garden Competition is creating a buzzPublished Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
There’s a real buzz around the annual Rotherham Council garden competition this year as it introduces a new category to help out the bees and the butterflies.
The competition will provide exciting new opportunities for residents with two additional categories: The best pollinator friendly garden supporting bees and butterflies and the best young gardener aged under 25.
The launch of the Council’s gardening competition coincides with the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening – 2019 National Gardening Week and hopes to inspire more people, particularly the next generation of gardeners, to experience the joy of growing plants and visiting beautiful green spaces.
Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Housing, Tom Bell, said: “We welcome tenants and leaseholders who love nurturing their garden to enter the competition. You don’t have to be a gardening expert, it’s a great way to get started, why not try the first time entry category? Gardening also has lots of health benefits of being active outdoors and it’s good to have a new hobby or interest.
“This year, we also have two new exciting categories for tenants to enter such as: The best pollinator friendly garden supporting bees and butterflies and we also want to encourage more young people to get involved in the best young gardener aged under 25 category through doing a herb garden or growing a sunflower.
“We would like to recognise our tenants for all their hard work which they put into making Rotherham a strong community in a clean and safe environment which is 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 28 June 2019. The judging panel will be made up of representatives from the Council’s Housing team and the Cabinet Member for Housing.
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 award.
Prize money is awarded in the form of high street vouchers at the awards ceremony taking place at Clifton Park Garden House and Courtyard on Wednesday 18 September 2019.
Council tenants and leaseholders can enter the competition online.