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'Cheltenham in Bloom 2008' - Competitions now open!

Cheltenham in Bloom 2008

Green fingered local residents are being invited to showcase their gardening efforts in this year’s Cheltenham in Bloom 2008 summer gardens competition. Entry into the competition is free to any amateur gardener whose garden is located within the borough and application forms must be received by 7 July 2008.

There are five categories for the competition as follows: front garden; rear garden; patio; exterior (a display of any combination of hanging baskets, window boxes, borders, balconies); and single hanging basket, window box or container. Each entrant may enter a maximum of three categories.

A separate competition is also being held for local businesses. Judging is based upon the general appearance of the premises together with its floral attractiveness and the imaginative use of features such as hanging baskets, window boxes and balconies. Entry forms for the commercial premises competition must be received by 5 July 2008.

Councillor Chris Ryder, chair of Cheltenham in Bloom said: ‘’I hope lots of people will come forward and take part in this year’s summer gardens competition. Entries are always of a very high standard and this competition offers well deserved recognition for residents and local businesses who go to a lot of effort to make Cheltenham a brighter place.’’

Rob Bell, assistant director for operations said: ‘’The floral displays are a great attraction for people visiting, working and living in the town and have a great impact in the community. Each year, we have some really impressive entries in to the competition so we are looking forward to seeing what people come up with this year.’’

Judging for both the summer gardens and commercial premises competition takes place in the latter half of July and is carried out by a team of judges appointed by the Cheltenham in Bloom committee.

The winner of each section will receive and hold a trophy for the period of one year. Framed certificates are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. Highly commended awards may be made at the discretion of the Judges. All winners will be invited to attend a presentation evening, hosted by the Mayor Cllr MacDonald in the Autumn.

For further details about how to enter, contact Cindy Lewis, competition organiser on 01242 234463.

Explore Gloucestershire
19 June 2008


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