Time running out to enter Doncaster In Bloom contest

Doncaster in Bloom - Graham Darlow Category 1a Winner.
Doncaster in Bloom - Graham Darlow Category 1a Winner.

Doncaster Council is reminding green-fingered residents, businesses, schools and local groups that they only have until Friday 21st June to enter this year’s Doncaster In Bloom competition.

The competition which encourages everyone to brighten up a little corner of Doncaster (even if they only have room for an unusual container or two) is inviting entries for the next few weeks. Judging will take place over the summer with judges are looking for creativity, colour and originality across gardens great and small. An awards presentation evening will take place in October.

Councillor Christine Mills, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “There are lots of talented gardeners across the borough creating pockets of inspiring colour and in some cases they are creating spaces for the enjoyment of the wider community. I would love to make sure that their efforts are recognised, so I urge people to enter this year’s competition.”

More information about Doncaster in Bloom, including details of the 2012 winners, category criteria and an entry form, can be found at www.doncaster.gov.uk/doncasterinbloom

The full list of categories is as follows:

Category 1 - Best Garden

In this category the judges assess the overall quality of the plants as well as the design and maintenance of the garden. The category is split into 3 sub categories.

Category 1a - Entries are invited from all Private Residents.

Category 1b - Entries are invited from all St Leger Homes Tenants.

Category 1c - Entries are invited from newcomers to the competition.

Category 2 - Best Display

This category is for containers of any shape or size that is used to create an interesting display. Additional points are awarded for originality! The category is split into 2 sub categories.

Category 2a - Entries are invited from all Private Residents.

Category 2b - Entries are invited from all St Leger Homes Tenants.

Category 3 – Premises

This category is for all business premises including shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels that have a horticultural delight which contributes to the attractiveness of the local area. The category is split into 2 sub categories.

Category 3a - Entries are invited from Businesses in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality.

Category 3b - Entries are invited from all other types of Business.

Category 4 – Community

The category is split into 2 sub categories.

Category4a - Local Group - In this category judges assess the use of plants, encouraging community involvement (two or more people), using environmentally friendly practices and initiatives that have been developed to promote and ensure cleanliness.

Category 4b - Local TARA’s - If your Tenant and Resident Association (TARA) has an area which has been created and/or maintained by two or more people, this category is for you. Judges will assess the use of plants, encouraging community involvement, using environmentally friendly practices and initiatives you have developed to promote and ensure cleanliness.

Category 5 - Best Wildlife/Sustainable Garden

Gardens that are entered into this category should incorporate recycled and reclaimed materials, combined with suitable planting to encourage wildlife habitats.

Category 6 – Schools

This category is aimed at schools, special schools and colleges. The planting and maintenance of the garden or feature must be done by young people and the main emphasis of the judging will be on the practical gardening skills used to develop the entry.

Category 7 - Unusual Container

Does your garden have an unusual container? Do you grow your beans in a bucket, tomatoes in a tyre or maybe begonias in a boot? This category is judged by members of the public at various locations throughout the Borough and all attendees at the presentation evening. Now is the time to get your creative thinking cap on and create a display out of something not usually used as a container for plants.

Allotment of the Year

This incorporates all allotments across Doncaster. Allotment sites are invited to put forward their best plot.