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Green thumbs up for Sanctuary garden competition in Chester

23 April 2015
Mr. Lavender's garden in full bloom which took first prize in last years competition

With the warmer weather finally here and gardens beginning to bloom, green-fingered Chester residents of all ages are being encouraged to enter Sanctuary Housing’s annual garden competition.

Sanctuary Housing’s garden competition in Chester

Residents will once again will competing for the overall winner’s prize of an engraved Swedish crystal rose bowl trophy. There will also be prizes for the first, second and third placed entries in each of Sanctuary’s six neighbourhoods in Chester.

Sanctuary Chester Garden competition categories

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 the best retirement living scheme, best vegetable garden and best newcomer.

Deadline for Sanctuary garden competition

The competition, which is now in it ninth year, is now open and residents have until Wednesday 1 July to get their entries in.

Young gardener competition in Chester

Young gardeners are also being encouraged to grow the best sunflower from a seed and be in with a chance of winning the Nora Coote award, which is named in remembrance of an involved resident. Entrants for the young gardener award should send a completed entry form to the Sanctuary Housing office at Centurion House in Northgate Street, Chester, or their local housing office. A packet of sunflower seeds will then be sent out to them.

Sanctuary Housing resident involvement officer in Chester, Maggi Dempsey said there had been more than 100 entries in last year’s competition and the standard had been extremely high.

“The competition continues to blossom every year – we are lucky to see so many beautiful gardens,” she added.

“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. We are particularly keen to get young gardeners growing sunflowers from seeds this year, to learn about watering and nurturing flowers. 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, they can also nominate a neighbour’s garden or group of gardens. Sanctuary staff will also be nominating gardens around the neighbourhoods in Chester.”

Judging for the Sanctuary garden competition in Chester

Judging will commence the week beginning 6 July. For an application form, please contact Sanctuary Housing’s Resident Involvement Team on Freephone 0808 1007701, 01244 305573 or email consultChester@sanctuary-housing.co.uk. Forms are also available from the Avenue Services office in Blacon and the Sanctuary Housing office in Lache.