RESIDENTS have until the end of June to get their entries in for this year’s Solihull Garden Competition.
Solihull Council is encouraging any resident, business or school who has been getting green fingered to enter for free for a chance to win up to £150 in Notcutts Garden Centre vouchers.
Last year’s winner of the best pub, hotel or restaurant frontage was The Queen’s Head, Meriden. Caroline O’Neill, Manager of the pub said: “Last year we had fun entering the competition - it was great to get all the positive comments about our plants. We’ll be entering again this year and would encourage anyone else to do the same.”
The competition is part of Solihull’s preparation for the annual Heart of England Britain in Bloom competition. Residents and council officers are working hard to get the borough looking its best as it competes to become the UK’s ‘Best City’ in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom 2010 final.
Cabinet member for environment, Councillor Tim Hodgson, said: “We have done extremely well in the Britain in Bloom competitions in previous years and this year we hope to do even better.
“We can only achieve this by everyone working together to make the borough look beautiful.
“With the Solihull Garden Competition we hope to encourage residents, schools and businesses to spruce up their gardens. You don’t have to be an expert gardener; we are looking for people who have been out in their gardens making them look their best.”
Closing dates for entries is 30 June. Preliminary judging takes place during July.
People can enter online by going to www.solihull.gov.uk/solihullinbloom on call 0121 704 6546 to get a form sent out. People can also pick up a packet of free Solihull in Bloom seeds from Nottcutts,