Merton’s blossoming competition

Merton Council is calling on residents to pick up their spades and trowels as it seeks out green-fingered enthusiasts to enter this year’s Merton in Bloom competition.

The aim of the competition is to encourage local residents and businesses to make Merton a greener and more colourful borough. The focus is on floral displays within front gardens but there are also categories for the best hanging basket, balcony, school wildlife garden, commercial premises, community garden and best bloomin’ pub. A children’s drawing competition has also been introduced this year. ‘Merton in Bloom’ forms part of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Britain in Bloom’, set up to help make the most of areas both environmentally and florally.

Residents can still apply for a place in the competition by completing an entry-form available at local libraries, Merton’s Civic Centre or online at http://www.merton.gov.uk/mertoninbloom . All entries should be completed by Monday 6 July and judging will take place from mid July onwards.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services, Cllr David Simpson said: “This is great opportunity for residents to showcase their wonderful gardens, so I would say to everyone: Get those spades and trowels ready, start pruning your plants and enter this year’s competition. Merton in Bloom is a great opportunity for whole communities to get involved and have lots of fun together.”

Notes to Editor

There are ten categories. The winners from each age group in category five will each receive a prize and the overall winning design will be used as the background for next year’s Merton in Bloom poster and application form.

1. Best front garden over 20sq m

2. Best front garden under 20sq m

3. Best balcony

4. Best school wildlife garden

5. Best A4 size drawing of a garden done by a child up to the age of 14 years (entries will be judged in age categories 3-6, 7-10 and 11-14

6. Best bloomin’ pub

7. Best floral allotment garden

8. Best hanging basket

9. Best commercial premises

10. Best community garden