A ‘blooming great’ competition

Friday, 25th April 2014

Keen gardeners are being invited to go all out this year and enter this year’s Tamworth In Bloom garden competition.

Each year, Tamworth Borough Council holds a ‘Best In Bloom’ competition to encourage green-fingered residents to make their gardens the blooming best they can be.

Whether it’s a huge garden with a rolling lawn and endless flower beds or just a small square of grass, a hanging basket or a window box, gardeners are being invited to help Tamworth go for gold.

The competition is open to everyone living in the borough. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced gardener, a complete beginner or somewhere in between – we’d love you to enter this year’s competition.

And as happened last year, competition organisers have designed a postcard which will be put through the door of anyone whose garden they notice is particularly attractive in a bid to encourage them to enter.

The stakes are even higher this year, as Tamworth has been chosen to represent the Heart of England region in the national Britain In Bloom competition.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Director of Assets & Environment, Andrew Barratt, said:

“It doesn’t matter if gardens are big or small; we are just looking for people who take real pride in them.”

He added:  “We would like to see as many people as possible getting involved in this year’s gardening competition, because the most important part of Tamworth In Bloom isn’t the flowers, it’s the people of Tamworth and their involvement. That is even more important this year as we showcase the best of Tamworth on the national stage.”

“We could not have won gold for the past four years and be chosen to represent the region in the national competition without the hard work and support of the Tamworth community, who put so much time and effort into making the areas where they live and work look superb.”

Last year’s winning garden in Prospect Street, The Leys.

Last year’s winning garden in Prospect Street, The Leys.

To enter this year’s garden competition, just take a picture of your garden and either email it to Gardening Competition on graphics@tamworth.gov.uk or drop a copy in to reception at Marmion House.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday August 8th and the winner will receive £100 worth of gardening vouchers.

Last year’s winners were Philip and Fran Briggs, who took the top prize for their stunning garden at their home in Prospect Street, The Leys. The garden is a 10-year labour of love for the couple, and has been planted to ensure biodiversity. No pesticides are used in the garden, which is a haven for bees and butterflies.