Gardening awards now open for entries

Aaron Moore, left, and other Northstead School pupils harvesting their potatoes, grown for a competition run in local schools by Newby and Scalby In Bloom, to grow the greatest weight of spuds. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122848c   13/07/12
Aaron Moore, left, and other Northstead School pupils harvesting their potatoes, grown for a competition run in local schools by Newby and Scalby In Bloom, to grow the greatest weight of spuds. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122848c 13/07/12

Scarborough in Bloom has launched its annual Muck and Magic Garden Awards - with two new challenges to interest green-fingered residents.

The community awards are aimed at recognising residents for their gardening efforts - however big or small.

The results will be revealed at an awards ceremony at the Spa Ocean Room on Wednesday September 30.

Organiser Andrew Stockton said: “We have introduced a new category for this year - Most attractive yard - which is aimed more at the Old Town residents who only tend to have a small rear yard and not a garden as such.

“Also new for this year is ‘Challenge the Experts’ where Scarborough in Bloom has thrown down the gauntlet to all residents to see if they can beat us by growing a taller sunflower or a heavier pumpkin.”

This year’s categories are:

A) Most attractive garden: Judges will look at the quality of planting and imaginative use of space and colour.

B1) Most imaginative container garden: Open to all, especially smaller gardens, judges will be looking at the way containers, window boxes, hanging baskets and pots have been used.

B2) Most attractive yard: Aimed mainly at Old Town residents who have only a paved rear garden.

C) Most appealing guest house or hotel: Judges will assess the floral impact, quality of planting and maintenance. Merit will be given for the overall appearance of the garden.

D) Most cared-for residential home or sheltered housing site: The judges will be looking for a good overall impression and the use of colour, texture and scented plants.

E) Most eye-catching business frontage (exc hotel or guest house): Judges will look for a floral ‘wow’.

F) Most cared-for small community or neighbourhood: Open to whole streets or groups of people working together.

G) Most loved school garden: Merit will be given to demonstrations of recycling and encouragement of wildlife.

H) Most productive vegetable garden: Merit given for a well-laid out allotment with a good range of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

I) Most attractive Yorkshire Coast Homes garden: Aimed at individual tenants.

J) Most loved Yorkshire Coast Homes communal garden: Aimed at tenants who share a garden.

For more details and entry forms email scarboroughinbloom2@hotmail.co.uk

The closing date is June 30 with judging in July.