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7Apr
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Gardening Competition - Give it a grow!

This year's National Gardening Week will be held between 11 - 17 April. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), this national week encourages individuals, families, community groups and businesses to celebrate gardening.

To help our customers share their love of gardening, we have launched a gardening competition. Gardening is something anyone can get involved in and we would love for as many people as possible to take part. Not only is it great for community spirit and getting to know your neighbours, but it can be really fun too. The competition is a great opportunity for you to share skills, grow edible produce and make a difference.

Judges:
Albert Copus, Estate Area Manager, Gentoo
Julie McBurnie, Green Customer Relations Advisor, Gentoo
Sean Mear, Horticultural Manager, Bishopwearmouth Landscapes

Please Note:
Vegetables are excluded from the judging competition.
Only Gentoo customers may apply.
Please read the criteria before entering the competition.
Entries close Wednesday 1 June 2016 and judging will take place from 25 July 2016.
Certificates will be awarded to all category winners in each local area. A trophy and prize will be awarded to the overall city winner in each category.

For further information or a hard copy entry from please contact Estate Services on:
Tel: 0191 525 5000 and ask for Estate Services.
E mail: groundsmaintenanceenquires@gentoogroup.com

Please email your photographs to albert.copus@gentoogroup.com.
You must include your full name and address in the email for your application to be considered.

Below you will find the criteria for each category

The most improved garden will be judged on its appearance before competition entry and on judging day.

Photographs are to be taken throughout and provided as evidence on judging day.

A photograph showing the before garden holding up a newspaper/magazine clearly indicating the date that the photograph has been taken shall form part of the photographic evidence. This must be provided with your application from. 

Best kept garden

The best kept garden will be judged on its appearance. This should clearly include an array of floral colours. 

A garden is defined as any area that contains any of following:

  • Turfed areas
  • Hard standings
  • Shrubbed or planted areas

Best communal garden/area (Multi Storey Blocks, Sheltered Accommodation, Shared Open Spaces)

This applies to an area of land only maintained by customers. There must be no input from any professional parties.

Photographs are to be taken throughout and provided as evidence on judging day.

A photograph showing the before garden holding up a newspaper/magazine clearly indicating the date that the photograph has been taken shall form part of the photographic evidence. This must be provided with your application from. 

The best hanging basket or planter will be judged on its appearance before competition entry and on judging day.

Photographs are to be taken throughout and provided as evidence on judging day. 

Tallest sunflower

The tallest sunflower should be sown by seed and will be judged on its height, measured from the middle of the head to the soil where the roots begin.  In the event of a draw an additional measurement will be taken across the seed head.  All measurements will be in centimetres.

Photographs are to be taken throughout the growing period and provided as evidence on judging day.

Best greenhouse

This will be judged on the fruit / flowers grown in the greenhouse on the time of judging.

Photograph has to be taken, shall form part of the photograph evidence on the judging day.