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Published June 22nd 2019
Dust off those gardening gloves and 'grow' for gold
Green-fingered enthusiasts are being encouraged to show off their pride and joy by entering their prized gardens in a new competition. Entries are being sought for the 2019 Tamworth in Bloom resident's garden competition before the closing date of Wednesday 31 July. Tamworth Borough Council is staging its 'Best in Bloom' competition to encourage residents across the Staffordshire borough to make their gardens blooming marvellous over the summer period. They hope the combined horticultural effort will help Tamworth strike gold for the 10th year in a row in the annual Heart of England in Bloom competition.
Whether it's a huge garden with wildflower beds and statues or just a small square of grass, a hanging basket or a window box, gardeners across the Tamworth area are being urged to get their entries in before the deadline. The winner will receive a top prize made up of garden centre vouchers. Last year's individual garden competition attracted a large number of entries with an extremely high overall standard. Linda Jackson of Litton in Stonydelph, Tamworth, was named the winner with her stunning garden that she has spent 20 years growing and shaping into a little 'wildlife haven'. The garden includes a huge variety of colourful flowers, planters, evergreens, trees, ornaments and figurines. Now entries are being sought from a new bunch of gardeners, and it doesn't matter whether the entrants are experienced or a complete beginner.
Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "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 about working together in the borough and doing our bit to make Tamworth a place to rightly be proud of. We could not have won gold for the past nine years 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." To enter this year's individual garden competition, take a picture of your garden and either email it to Garden Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into the reception at Marmion House in Lichfield Street. The closing date for entries for the competition is 12 noon on Wednesday July 31st and the winner will be announced mid- August.