The hunt for the borough’s best gardens is underway, with the annual Rotherham in Bloom Garden Competition now accepting entries.
The much-loved competition is open to both council and non-council tenants, meaning any Rotherham resident can apply.
The competition has several categories including best garden, best pots, planters and hanging baskets, best vegetable patch and for the younger residents, best young gardener.
This year also sees the introduction of a new category – best wildlife garden or sustainable garden.
Each category will have two winners, one Council and one non-Council tenant each winning £100 worth of gardening vouchers with two runners up in each category each receiving £50 vouchers.
June Smith from Dinnington won last year’s competition for her eye-catching pots and planters. She said: “When I moved home into my home the garden was very lacklustre with only small a lawn to the front and back. In the two years that I’ve lived here I’ve transformed my little plot into a haven to sit in and enjoy.
“It’s hard work but getting out in the fresh air has helped my health and wellbeing. Seeing my neighbours stop to appreciate and admire my garden makes it all worthwhile.”
The competition is held in partnership with Rotherham Federation and supported by the Council’s housing partners Mears and EQUANS.
To enter the competition simply upload a minimum of three photos of your garden along with a few words about what your garden means to you to at www.rotherham.gov.uk/gardencompetition.
The closing date for entries is Sunday 7th August, with winners announced at the end of August.