Entries start to come in for the newly relaunched March garden competition

Mansfields garden Cavalry Drive, March

Mansfields garden Cavalry Drive, March - Credit: Archant

This garden in Cavalry Drive is the first entry in the all new March gardens competition being run by this paper in conjuction with the town council.

It belongs to Barry and Olga Mansfield and has been entered in the medium sized category in the competition which is open to all residents of the March parish.

The competition, which is part of March in Bloom, has six categories for people to enter: small garden, medium garden and large garden; best school garden/environmental area and best business or community garden.

Schools can enter an area that is used as a garden, teaching area or play area or an area like the school pond or vegetable patch if they have one.

The business/community category covers any business with a garden of note including pubs, community organisations including churches or clubs that have an outside area.

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The sixth category is for the best allotment or vegetable patch.

It is difficult to set a garden size so judges will have the freedom to decide if they feel it is appropriate to move a garden from one category to another, for example from small to medium.

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Winners of the three private garden categories will each win a £50 cash prize donated by March Town Council, the winning school will win vouchers donated by Skylark Garden Centre at Wimblington, while the business/community winner will also receive vouchers. Johnsons Ironmongers are sponsoring the allotment category with £50 of vouchers.

The category winners will go through for judging to win the best overall garden to win the Cambs Times garden competition shield.

The competition will run for three weeks and entries can be submitted either via e-mail to sarah.cliss@archant.co.uk or via post.

Entries should include a picture of your garden/allotment, your name, address and essentially a daytime contact phone number.

Closing date will be 9.30am on Monday, June 29, and judging will take place on Sunday, July 12, (times will be confirmed with individual entrants). School entries will be judged during the week of July 6.

The judges decision is final and the prizes will be awarded at a special presentation evening at March Town Hall at 7pm on Thursday, July 30.

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