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Green-fingered Cumbernauld council tenants invited to enter garden awards

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:09 GMT on Monday, May 27th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD’S green-fingered residents are being told to ditch the wellies and gather up the gardening tools for the 2013 'Your Garden Awards'.

North Lanarkshire Council are calling on green-fingered tenants throughout North Lanarkshire to tend and nurture their gardens, and also take up the authority’s invitation for hopeful gardeners to take part in their competition to find the region’s top garden, with the competition being a showcase for the area’s best gardens; recognising the dedication, passion and hard work of tenants in improving their green spaces.

"Every year our awards celebrate the passion and hard work that has created some stunning gardens across North Lanarkshire," Mary Castles, Executive Director of Housing and Social Work Services commented.

The competition will take place on Friday 2nd August, when the entered gardens will go under the magnifying class; judged on quality of floral display, quality of permanent planting, quality of design and use of space and contribution to the visual environment. And, whatever your garden’s shape or size, everyone is invited to enter the competition.

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Prizes of £50 high street vouchers are up for grabs for winners, together with a certificate of success, with an award for the Best Individual Garden and a Neighbourhood Award, where neighbours make a combined effort to improve communal areas, both up for grabs.

Ms Castles continued: "The awards provide tenants with an opportunity to highlight their area and show the real difference well kept gardens make to the look and feel of local communities”

The competition is free to enter and is open to all North Lanarkshire council tenants in each of the six housing areas - Airdrie, Bellshill/Viewpark, Coatbridge, Motherwell, Wishaw/Shotts and North, which includes Moodiesburn, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld.

Ms Castles added: "I'm always thrilled to see the results of months of hard work by our tenants and look forward to taking a look at this year's entries. I would encourage as many of our tenants as possible to get involved and play their part in our Garden Awards."

Judging will take place in August and the winners will be announced at the authority’s annual Tenant Conference, later in the year.

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