Green fingered residents can showcase skills in contest

Judges Maggie Whittaker and Ken Turner with the Mayor, and Deputy Mayor of Hailsham - and In Bloom committee volunteers.
Judges Maggie Whittaker and Ken Turner with the Mayor, and Deputy Mayor of Hailsham - and In Bloom committee volunteers.

A competition to find the best front garden in Hailsham has been launched.

Green fingered residents can enter the free competition to prove to their neighbours they really do have the best garden.

The annual Best Kept Front Garden Competition is being run by Hailsham In Bloom again this year.

The organisation is hunting for the town’s most attractive residential front gardens for 2013.

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

Gardens of any size, which are regularly maintained, can enter the competition.

Richard Grocock, chairman of Hailsham In Bloom said:“We are delighted to be organising the Best Kept Front Garden competition for Hailsham for the sixth consecutive year.

“This is great opportunity for residents to showcase their wonderful front gardens, so I would say to everyone: get those spades and trowels ready, start tidying your flower beds, pruning your plants and enter this year’s competition.”

He added: “Hailsham in Bloom is an excellent opportunity for the local community to get involved in making the town look vibrant, whilst receiving the praise and recognition they deserve for their efforts.”

“I look forward to seeing this year’s entries in the summer.”

As in previous years, there will be prizes for the winner and runner-up, said Mr Grocock.

The closing date for all entrants into this competition is Friday , June 14.

Entry forms can be downloaded at hailshaminbloom.org and are available to collect at the town council offices in Market Street.

Judges will visit their preferred destinations and announce the winners shortly after the closing date.

A presentation will be held in September (date to be confirmed), where the awards will be allocated to entrants who have been chosen as first and second place prize winners.

Front gardens will be assessed on the following criteria: A pleasing first impression and overall impact 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); a tidy appearance.