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Chester and District Housing Trust's eighth annual garden competition continues to blossom

26 March 2014
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Green-fingered residents are being encouraged to enter CDHT’s annual garden competition which, this year, is encouraging young gardeners to get involved.

Timings for eighth annual garden competition

As gardens are beginning to bloom, CDHT’s residents now have until Friday 27 June to enter the Trust’s annual garden competition, which is now in its eighth year.

Young gardener competition

Residents of the trust will once again be competing for the overall winner’s prize of an engraved Swedish crystal rose bowl trophy as well as the prestigious Nora Coote award for the best petunia grown from a seed by a young gardener, which is named in remembrance of an involved CDHT resident.

Petunia seeds for young gardener competition

Primary School entrants for the young gardener award are requested to pop into the CDHT office at Centurion House in Northgate Street, Chester, or their local housing office, to pick up a packet of petunia seeds to nurture.

Last year, there were more than 120 entries and the standard was extremely high at the gardening competition, hosted by Cheshire West’s largest housing association.

Further prizes for eighth annual garden contest

In addition to the overall winner, prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in each of the Trust’s six neighbourhoods. Categories include: best garden (front or back), best group of gardens (includes flats, houses, bungalows and maisonettes), best window box or balcony (for flats), the Helen Noble award for best sheltered scheme, best vegetable garden and best newcomer.

CDHT resident involvement officer, Maggi Dempsey said: “The competition continues to blossom every year – we are lucky to see so many beautiful gardens. For many of us, gardening is a job that has to be done to keep the area neat and tidy. For others it is a very satisfying hobby, but whatever your motive, we want to increase the number of entrants this year. If you have never thought about it before, now is your chance. Let’s make our neighbourhoods the brightest yet.”

Not only can residents nominate their own garden, but they can also nominate a neighbour’s garden or group of gardens.

Judging and application forms for the eighth annual garden contest

Judging will commence the week beginning 30 June. For an application form for Chester & District Housing Trust’s annual garden competition please contact CDHT’s Resident Involvement Team on Freephone 0808 1007701 or 0300 1233582, email: CDHTconsult@sanctuary-housing.co.uk. Forms are also available for CDHT’s annual garden competition from the Blacon, Lache and city centre office at Centurion House, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HQ.