Following the fantastic success of the 2013 competition, local voluntary group We Are Bearwood has launched the second Front Gardens Competition. Gardens small, large, newly planted or established are all welcome for a chance to win cash prizes. Prizes rise from £50 to a blooming marvellous £300, thanks to generous sponsorship from local estate agents Robert Oulsnam & Co.
Last year's competition certainly got people talking…
“My immediate neighbours have supported me and teased me in equal measure, and strangers from further down the road have stopped for a chat, keen to talk about my flourishing potato crop… It's been a great way of getting to know a few more people in my community and I feel a little bit proud every time I approach my front door now.”
Many Bearwood folk walked the beautiful 2013 Front Gardens trail which we’ll create again this year, and novice gardeners grew proud of their achievements:
“We only started our pink and purple garden last year, shortly after moving in, so it is very much a work in progress!… our house is opposite a car park so we are trying to create an all year round attractive, colourful space that creates cleaner air, better health and homes for wildlife.”
We Are Bearwood has received fantastic support from local businesses too. Robert Oulsnam & Company in Bearwood are sponsoring the main cash prizes, to a total of £500. Manager Jenna Hill said that the competition is a great way to encourage us all “to take pride in the appearance of the outside of the home, and we are more than happy to support any local initiative that will help improve and boost the profile of Bearwood – our working home!”
Bearwood's very own garden store Webbs on Three Shires Oak Road has a wide range of plants on offer and owners Pauline Davis and John Webb have offered a prize of vouchers for the ‘Most Improved Garden’ category. They explained: “we hope this will encourage novice gardeners as well as the green-fingered locals we know so well. It was lovely to see the gardens looking so lovely in the last competition and we look forward to offering advice to anyone needing it!“
The competition is open to anyone living within the competition map area. For an entry form, map, and competition details please see our website: http://www.wearebearwood.org/blog/front-gardens-competition-2015/.
Entry forms are also available at Thimblemill Library and Warley Woods pavillion shop.
The competition will be judged by three green-fingered local residents, led by 2013 competition creator Deborah Yuill, whose message to us all is “save it, don’t pave it!”.