Last Chance To Enter Garden Competition
Tuesday 26th June 2012
The closing date for the Council's annual garden competition is nearing and the county's green-fingered residents are being encouraged to show off their horticultural handiwork.
Entries will be accepted until the closing day of Saturday 30th June.
The competition is open to everyone including Council tenants, private home owners, local businesses and allotment owners. The lucky winners will receive a range of vouchers to spend in garden centres.
And it doesn't matter how big or small your garden is. Even if you have no garden we will happily judge your window box or floral tubs.
We have prizes to reward effort and excellence in eight sections, as well as for the best floral garden in nine geographic areas. You may have the best floral garden in the county, or you may have the best home grown veg and if you have never tried before, you could be the best newcomer.
Provost Tina Murphy said: "This is an ideal opportunity for the people of Clackmannanshire to show off their gardening skills and show how fantastic the area looks."
Preliminary judging will be carried out in July with a short list of three to four entries per category being drawn up before the judging takes place for the finalists and ultimately the Best Garden.
The final judging will take place early August.
There are trophies and awards for the following: Floral; Allotment; Floral Containers; Commercial Premises; Vegetable Garden; Newcomer; Biodiversity; Council Tenant as well as certificates for outstanding achievement.
All categories are judged on their general appearance and layout, use of plant material within the garden, standard of cultivation and maintenance.
This year's judges include Mike Joyce from Falkirk Council who said: "I judged the competition a few years ago and I was very impressed with the quality and diversity of the gardens represented, both large and small. I look forward to both viewing and judging this year's shortlisted gardens in Clackmannanshire."
Entry forms are available from all council offices, libraries and also available to download on ClacksWeb at www.clacksweb.org.uk/community/gardencompetition/