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18 May 2011, Blooming marvelous competition launches

Gardening enthusiasts living on Lambeth estates are encouraged to increase their pruning and planting efforts in preparation for the annual estates in bloom competition. Local residents, tenants, and leaseholders will have the opportunity to show off the fruits of their labour when their gardening efforts are viewed by judges from the London Garden Society over the summer months.

Celebrating its eleventh year, the Estates in Bloom competition encourages local people to indulge their gardening interests for the benefit of the borough and the environment, and last year’s top prize winners have been invited by the London Garden Society to enter the All London Championships.

There are seven award categories plus an overall award, giving everyone a chance to get involved and vie for a top prize. The categories are:

  • Domestic grassed garden - an external display at the front, rear or side of a domestic property which includes a grassed area.
  • Domestic paved garden - a display at the front, rear or side of a domestic property which includes a paved area without grass.
  • Domestic balcony display or container display - an external horticultural display which has been created within the balcony area, or on the balustrade or railings using pots, planters, window boxes or hanging baskets etc.
  • Community garden - an external horticultural display devised in partnership with local residents for the benefit of, and use by, all residents.
  • Sheltered scheme garden - an external display devised in partnership with the schemes' residents for their benefit and use.
  • Young gardener - a young person who has created an attractive display.
  • Best kept estate – householders can nominate their estate for its attractive and well maintained horticultural displays.

May Horscroft, overall winner of the Estates in Bloom 2010 competition says: “I’ve spent a lot of time and effort working on my garden and I really enjoy the fruits of my labour, and look forward to entering the competition again.

She encourages other people to enter, commenting: “Apart from the nicest of people that come to see your garden (the displays) make other people happy too, so please come and join in, the more people that enter the competition, the better”.

Neil Litherland, Lambeth London Living Chief Executive says: “The Estates in Bloom competition is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in our calendar and the competition gets bigger and better every year. We have some very talented and dedicated gardeners living on our estates and their floral displays are amazing. I would encourage anyone who is interested in gardening and plants to enter, to make this year’s competition the biggest one yet”.

Entry forms for the Estates in Bloom 2011 competition will be available soon from local housing area offices, the town hall, and selected council building, and winners will be awarded a Horticultural Traders Association voucher.