Woking in full bloom!

13 June 2014

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Residents with glorious gardens, schools with stunning grounds and proud publicans with floral features are encouraged to get their green fingers on an application form and enter this year's Woking in Bloom, before competition nominations close on Monday 7 July.

The annual competition is open to all Borough residents and businesses, with the aim to make Woking a brighter, greener place to live. Keen gardeners can choose to enter one of seven main categories or one of two special awards, to be in with a chance of scooping an award.

New to Woking in Bloom this year, Woking LA21 will be organising its first wildlife gardening competition. Aimed at gardeners who take an environmentally friendly approach to tending to their gardens, without the use of herbicides and pesticides, the competition promotes wildlife and encourages biodiversity.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Environmental Maintenance Contract, said: "The annual Woking competition is a marvellous way to encourage both residents and businesses to get out and make the most of their green, open space. The judges are particularly keen to see what green initiatives competitors have incorporated into their gardens, as well as how creative they can be. So get growing for Woking in Bloom."

The event is organised by Woking Borough Council and is sponsored by environmental maintenance company, Serco, and Squires Garden Centres.

Judging will take place in July and entry is free. An awards ceremony will be held in September, where prizes for the lucky winners of each category will be presented by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Tony Branagan.

Application forms are available from the Civic Offices, local libraries and online at www.woking.gov.uk/wokinginbloom

For further information, please contact Andy Calfe on 01483 743451 or email andy.calfe@woking.gov.uk