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Get out your secateurs ready for new gardening competition
Calling all green-fingered enthusiasts in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire who are being invited to put on their gloves and enter a garden competition. Tamworth Borough Council is calling on proud garden owners to enter a 'Best in Bloom' competition to encourage green-fingered residents in the borough to make their individual plots blooming marvellous. Previously the garden competition would contribute to Tamworth taking part in the annual Heart of England in Bloom competition. However, with the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the council has decided not to enter this year but still honour all those stunning residents' gardens around the borough. It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced gardener, a complete beginner, young or old - the competition organisers would love people to enter this year's contest.
Last year's Tamworth in Bloom winner Joanne Brennan
Whether it's a huge garden with wildflower beds and statues or just a small square of grass, a fairy garden, a hanging basket or a window box, residents are encouraged to send their photos to the council to enter the gardener's competition. The winner will receive a top prize of garden centre vouchers. Last year's individual garden competition attracted a large number of entries, and the standard was extremely high. The decision to choose the winners was so hard that the panel chose an overall winner and two highly commended. Lockdown indeed improved the quality of local gardens, with more people than usual having time to spend caring for their outdoor spaces. Highly commended places were given to Thomas and Flor Masters in Belgrave and Nerma Williams in Coton Green; with the overall Tamworth in Bloom Resident Winner going to Joanne Brennan from Glascote who received a top prize of £100 worth of Planters vouchers.
Highly commended Nerma Williams (left)
Councillor Rob Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough, said: "Last year so many of used lockdown as an opportunity to spend more time in our gardens and show off our green finger talents. What I love about this competition is how it acknowledges the pride that people have in their gardens and their community, and it is always lovely to share some of the amazing work people have achieved in their open spaces. It's clear from previous competitions that we have a lot of people around the town who put a tremendous amount of effort into their floral and wildlife displays. It has demonstrated that during lockdown communities have still been working together in the borough and doing their bit to make Tamworth a place to rightly be proud of."
Thomas and Flor Masters receiving their Highly Commended prize
To enter this year's individual garden competition, just take a picture of your garden and either email it to Garden Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag your photo on the Tamworth Borough Council and Tamworth Arts and Events Facebook and Twitter pages. The closing date for entries for the competition is 12 noon on Friday July 30th and the winner will be announced mid- August.