Judging the best lockdown garden
Green-fingered residents in Biddulph who have used lockdown as an opportunity to get their gardens in order could rake in prizes in a new competition.
The Over the Garden Gate competition is being organised by Labour town councillor Jill Salt and supported by Biddulph Town Council.
It will celebrate the efforts people have put into their own gardens over the last three months.
Judging takes place on Saturday and there will be a prize for the best in each category, which are: best hanging baskets, best potted plants, best borders, best lawn, best display of children's gardening, best garden in show across each of the five ward areas, and best garden in show for the whole town.
Coun Salt said: “When I was out and about over lockdown delivering prescriptions, I noticed a lot of people working on their gardens.
“I know the RHS has canned their national competitions and I hoped we could spread some lockdown cheer by holding our own in Biddulph, given that we are the garden town of Staffordshire!”
Coun Salt explained that the competition was just for fun and those who want to get involved don't have to worry about their gardens being “RHS standard”.
Hilda Sheldon MBE, who organises Biddulph's entry into the national In Bloom competition each year, has agreed to be a judge.
Judges will not be able to enter the gardens and so competitors must ensure that their work is visible from the footpath or road, or over the gate or fence.
To enter, email a name, address, telephone number and categories to firstname.lastname@example.org