As part of this year’s Bloom and Grow campaign Oldham Council is encouraging residents to get their hands mucky in National Gardening Week.
The celebration takes place from Monday 10 – Sunday 16 April and aims to help new gardeners grow plants and spruce up their green spaces.
There are many ways to get involved, including attending one of the events across the country organised by RHS, throwing a garden party or tidying up your local street.
The annual celebration, launched six years ago, is also a perfect time to get your garden ready to enter into Oldham Council’s Private Garden Competition.
The local authority is looking for the most beautiful gardens in the borough, big or small.
All you have to do to enter is snap two pictures of your garden and upload them to the ‘private garden’ section at www.oldham.gov.uk/bloomandgrow or post them to Facebook.com/loveoldham page with your name.
The winner will receive £150, second £100 and third £50 – your garden will also be featured in the borough-wide magazine Borough Life.
Not only that, but you will be invited to attend an awards evening at Smokies Hotel on 7 November with Oldham’s dignitaries to collect your award.
The competition launches on Friday 12 May and the deadline to enter your garden is Friday 7 July.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “National Gardening Week is a perfect time for residents to get out in the garden with the family and spruce up their green spaces.
“I encourage everyone to get involved with our private garden competition and have some fun.
“In previous year’s Oldham’s residents have really shown how great they are at sprucing up their gardens and providing the borough with stunning green spaces.
“We’re looking for the most beautiful gardens in the borough and your garden could be crowed ‘best in the borough’, which is quite an accolade.
“Gardens filled with flowers and plants not only improve the look of the town and your garden, they also help nature to thrive.”
Thomas Adamson, of Grasscroft, winner of last year’s competition, said: “When I found out I’d won I couldn’t believe it!
“It really was a great feeling knowing that all my hard work had been recognised.
“Attending the awards evening and receiving the prize money was a bonus as well.”
Each year the council launches various competitions for residents to get involved as part of Bloom and Grow.
You can enter into any of the following competitions: photo, young photographer, best blooming business and best blooming pub or restaurant. The competitions are open to all Oldham residents.
To find out more about events across the area, just visit www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk