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Gardeners invited to show off their pride and joy
Green-fingered enthusiasts in the Staffordshire district of Tamworth are being urged to don their gloves, dust off their tools and enter a 'virtual' gardening competition. The local Tamworth Borough Council holds an annual 'Best in Bloom' contest to encourage green-fingered residents to make their gardens 'blooming' marvellous and help Tamworth in the annual Heart of England in Bloom competition. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in this year's Tamworth in Bloom competition being cancelled. However, the local authority has decided that it should still honour all the stunning residents' gardens around the borough. As a result, it is encouraging residents to send in photos of their prized gardens to the council to enter the new-look gardener's competition, with the lure of a top prize of garden centre vouchers to the winner. It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced gardener or a complete beginner, or whether the garden is huge with trees, flower beds and statues or just a small square of grass, or even a window box.

Tamworth in Bloom
Take a photo of your garden to enter Tamworth in Bloom

Last year's individual garden competition attracted a large number of entries. The standard was extremely high, but judges declared George Pryke from Glascote as the winner. He has spent nearly 50 years shaping and developing his stunning gardens, both front and back; including a huge variety of flowers, planters, evergreens, trees, ornaments and a pond. Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "I have seen so many wonderful gardens around the borough already this year, as people have used lockdown to show off their green finger talents. The garden competition is about acknowledging pride that people have in their gardens and their community, and we would love to share some of the amazing work people have achieved in their gardens over the past few months. It's clear we have a lot of people around the town who are putting 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."

George Pryke, Tamworth in Bloom
George Pryke won last year's pre-Covid garden competition

To enter this year's individual garden competition, take a picture of your garden and either email it to Garden Competition at 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 31st and the winner will be announced mid-August.
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Why? Show off your prized garden in new 'in bloom' competition
When: 1 - 31 July
Cost: Free
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