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Cash prizes up for grabs for tenants' best kept gardens

Mansfield District Council is hoping for a blooming good response to its Best Kept Garden Competition 2013.

The Best Kept Front or Back Garden competition is open to all Council tenants in the District. A total of £600 prize money is available, with the winner receiving a first prize of £300, second prize of £200 and a third prize of £100.

Judges will be looking for the following criteria:

  • Overall design and appearance
  • Choice and quality of plants to give a year-round interest
  • Health of plants (free from pests and diseases)
  • Cleanliness and tidiness of the garden
  • Lack of weeds
  • Plants that attract birds and insects
  • Water conservation (mulch, ground cover and water recycling)
  • Evidence of environmentally-friendly gardening techniques (chemicals and pesticides)

To enter the competition, fill in an entry form, which are available from the Housing desk at the Civic Centre or online at 
Please ensure that fully completed entry forms are returned by 1 July 2013. Judging will take place between Monday 15 July and Friday 2 August 2013.

Winners will be notified of the results of the competition in mid-August and will be invited to the Civic Centre for a presentation of both certificates and cash prizes.

Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Special Housing Needs, Councillor Mick Colley said: "This competition is an exciting new initiative involving the great outdoors, which is open to all Council tenants. I would encourage people to get out into their gardens and discover the satisfaction of creating a space that is both attractive and environmentally-friendly. Gardening offers people many benefits including reducing stress and keeping fit. Hopefully, the competition will encourage new gardeners, while also appealing to those who already have established gardens."

For more information about the Council Tenants Best Kept Garden Competition, telephone 01623 463 463 or email

Published 7 May 2013