Tenants invited to enter Best Kept Garden Competition

Mansfield District Council is hoping for a blooming good response to the launch of its Best Kept Garden Competition 2013.

The competition is open to all council tenants in the district and is divided into two categories; one for the Best Kept Garden and another for Most Improved Garden.

A total of £1,200 prize money is available, with the winners of each category receiving a first prize of £300, second prize of £200 and a third prize of £100.

The Best Kept Front or Back Garden category is open to already established gardens. The Most Improved Front or Back Garden is open for those, who are starting a garden from scratch or significantly improving it. Entrants for this category will have photographs taken of the garden they have entered, before they start to improve it. Photographs will be taken within five days of 29 April 2013.

Judges will be looking for the following criteria:

Overall design and appearance

Choice and quality of plants to give a year-round interest

Health of plants (free from pests and diseases)

Cleanliness and tidiness of the garden

Lack of weeds

Plants that attract birds and insects

Water conservation (mulch, ground cover and water recycling)

Evidence of environmentally-friendly gardening techniques (chemicals and pesticides)

To enter the competition, fill in an entry form, which are available from the Housing desk at the Civic Centre or online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/parks

Please ensure that fully completed entry forms are returned by 29th April 2013 for Most Improved Garden and by 1 July 2013 for the Best Kept Garden category. Judging will take place between Monday 15 thJuly and Friday 2nd August 2013.

Winners will be notified of the results of the competition in mid-August and will be invited to the Civic Centre for a presentation of both certificates and cash prizes.

Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Special Housing Needs, Coun Mick Colley said: “This competition is an exciting new initiative involving the great outdoors, which is open to all Council tenants. I would encourage people to get out into their gardens and discover the satisfaction of creating a space that is both attractive and environmentally-friendly. Gardening offers people many benefits including reducing stress and keeping fit. Hopefully, the competition will encourage new gardeners, whilst also appealing to those who already have established gardens.”

For more information about the Council Tenants Best Kept Garden Competition, telephone 01623 463463 or email parksandopenspaces@mansfield.gov.uk