The annual hunt for the borough’s best garden is underway, with the Rotherham in Bloom Garden Competition now accepting entries.
Following on from the success of last year, the competition is once again open to entries from both council and non-council tenants, meaning any Rotherham resident can apply.
The competition, held across the whole borough, has several categories including; best garden, best pots, planters and hanging baskets, best vegetable patch, best wildlife garden and for the younger residents, best young gardener and best sunflower.
Each category will have two winners, one Council and one non-Council tenant each winning £100 with two runners up in each category each receiving £50.
Entries are welcomed from gardens of any size as last year’s winner Cedric Graves proved when he won for his colourful planters. Cedric told us: “Last year was difficult for everyone but I found it so tranquil to sit on my balcony surrounded by my lovely flowers and watch the world go by.
“My garden gives so much pleasure and I was delighted the judges agreed. I have put my vouchers to good use to make my display even bigger and better.”
The competition is held in partnership with Rotherham Federation and supported by the Council’s housing partners Mears and Engie. Due to the current restrictions this year’s competition will again be in a digital format.
Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Housing, Tom Bell, said: “A lot of people caught the gardening bug during lockdown. Looking after our physical and mental health became even more important and getting out in the fresh air helped many of us rest and unwind. I’m pleased so many saw the huge benefits gardening can bring and continue to tend to their borders and vegetable patches as restrictions begin to ease.
“Whether you have been a lifelong gardener or you’re a novice we would love to hear what your garden means to you.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise our residents for all their hard work which they have put into making Rotherham a strong community in a clean and safe environment which is more welcoming and a place to be proud of.”
To enter the competition simply upload three photos of your garden along with a few words about what your garden means to you to www.rotherham.gov.uk/gardencompetition
The closing date for entries is Sunday 11 July with winners announced in August.