Residents in Witney are being encouraged to shout about their green-fingered skills for a local gardening competition.
Sanctuary Housing is looking for keen gardeners on the Windrush Valley Estate who think they could be crowned as having the best garden in the area and, as well as gaining the prestigious title, being in with a chance of winning a £50 National Garden gift voucher.
Last year’s competition winners
The judges last year were stuck to decide a clear winner, with local residents Barbara Timms and Penny Ponton sharing the crown. Their gardens were adorned with an array of vibrant flowers and plants, including lilies, agapanthuses and petunias, which surrounded relaxing seating areas, trellises and bird feeders.
“Make our neighbourhoods greener places to live”
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “The response to the competition in 2016 was fantastic and we’ve already received plenty of interest this year, so fingers crossed we’ll get even more entries this time.
“Getting our residents involved in a competition like this is a brilliant opportunity for them to contribute to helping us make our neighbourhoods greener places to live. We look forward to receiving everyone’s entries, and good luck!”
How to enter the competition
This year’s competition opens on Saturday 1 July and entrants are being asked to send up to four photos along with full contact details by:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post them to the Sanctuary Housing office, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA
- Or enter on social media with full name and photograph(s) using the hashtag #MyWindrushGarden
Residents who would like help with taking photographs or entering their garden into the competition can speak to their housing officer, by calling 0800 131 3348 or visiting the Oasis Café.
The competition will close on Monday 14 August. Entrants will be invited to a special celebratory event at the Oasis Café, Witney on Friday 15 September when the winner will be announced and presented with their prize. The event will include refreshments, a plant stall and information and top tips about gardening.
Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund
This competition is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.