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A ‘BEST Kept Front Garden Competition’ has opened for Hailsham residents.

Hailsham Town Council’s Hailsham In Bloom committee has begun searching for the town’s most attractive residential front gardens.

The Best Kept Front Garden competition, organised in conjunction with Environment Hailsham, is open to residents in Hailsham with colourful and well-landscaped front gardens.

Gardens will be assessed on the following criteria: A pleasing first impression and overall impact; a variety of plant range, with few or no weeds; good planning in layout and selection of plants; good floral colour combinations; paving and garden structures that complement, not dominate; evidence of recycling (e.g. use of grey water); and a tidy appearance all round.

Gardens of any size, which are regularly maintained, can enter the competition. There is no entry fee. The closing date for all entrants is June 15. Entry forms can be downloaded at hailshaminbloom.org and are available to collect at the town council offices, Inglenook, Market Street.

Judges will announce winners after visiting sites.