The judges have already been out to visit the gardens and community projects entered into the Loftus and Villages in Bloom competition. They report that, despite the showery weather on the judging day, there were some fantastic displays across the whole area. The winners will be a closely guarded secret until 28 September, but photographs of all entrants will be on display on the night and then subsequently at Loftus Library.
Loftus and Villages in Bloom is one of the highlights of the Town Council's year, however this is likely to be the final year in it’s current format. Due to a reduced number of entrants we are looking for your help and suggestions to revamp the competition, encourage new entrants and make it a celebration the whole parish can be proud of in 2016.
So far suggestions have included introducing categories such as ‘nominate your neighbour’, having a garden trail, and holding a produce/flower show. The Environment Committee would very much welcome any suggestions or feedback you can offer so please use the reverse of your entry form to tell us what you think. If you are not entering this year then please let us know what we could offer next year that would encourage you to take part.
This year the competition remains in its usual format - with the addition of a new category - best vegetable plot.
Entrants, as always, can enter as few or as many categories as they like - although to give everyone a chance entrants will only be eligible to receive a winning prize (£25.00) in one category. The overall winner will also receive a £30.00 meal voucher for a local establishment. The categories this year are;
- Best Garden or Plot
- Best Container
- Most Creative use of a Small or Difficult Space
- Best Vegetable Plot
- Best Community Space
- Best Business Outlet
- Best Children’s Contribution (schools and youth groups)
Judging will take place Wednesday 29 July (weather permitting), and will be by a panel including some Loftus Town Councillors and community representatives. If your display cannot be seen from the road or a public path, please ensure the judges can gain access and indicate on the application form what arrangements you have made. Please also supply your telephone number so that I can contact you if judging arrangements need to be changed.
It is intended that the Town Council will hold an awards presentation in Loftus Town Hall, probably during the autumn, to celebrate all the gardens and to offer the chance to view photographs of all who agree to have them displayed.