Last call to Isle gardeners

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Time is running out for entries to North Lincolnshire Council’s Best Garden Competition supported by celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh.

Are you a keen gardener? Are you proud of your garden? Do you think it’s a winner? Then enter the competition. The closing date is May 31 2014.

Alan Titchmarsh MBE said: “Growing things is such an important part of life, and encouraging children to understand nature and do their bit by gardening is a wonderful and vital thing to do. Congratulations on your endeavours. Grow well!”

This year the competition is extended to include families, children and young people, people with disabilities and those who are interested in bio-diversity

There is a fantastic prize on offer for the winners of each category to spend an afternoon with Normanby Hall Country Park’s Head Gardener, Paul Beetham.

He will take the winners on a tour of the award-winning gardens and grounds at Normanby Hall and answer questions on all aspects of gardening before rounding off the day with afternoon tea in the elegant Regency Dining Room.

There are eight categories:

Best garden maintained by someone with a disability

Best eco-friendly garden – a garden that demonstrates biodiversity by encouraging insects and wildlife

Best family garden – a domestic garden or allotment

Best school garden – a garden maintained by the pupils

Best allotment (under 16s) – an allotment of part of an allotment maintained by someone under 16 years old

Best allotment (over 16s) – an allotment tended by a person over the age of 16

Best small garden

Best large garden

It is free to enter the competition. You can enter by completing the online form at: Or collect a form from your nearest council venue, including local links, libraries, leisure centres, Normanby Hall Country Park, North Lincolnshire Museum, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and main council offices.

Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhood, said: “We have made a few changes to the competition this year so that even more people can take part. We want to encourage people of ages and abilities to enter. It is always fantastic to see all the different ideas people have for their gardens. Make sure all your hard work isn’t unnoticed and enter today.”

A presentation evening will be held in August at Normanby Hall Country Park to present winners with their trophies.