One of Liberal Democrat-led Sutton Council’s longest - and most eye-catching - traditions, Sutton in Bloom, has been launched again this year to find the borough’s best gardens and gardeners.
A range of categories offer residents and businesses opportunities to take part. They are Best Front Garden, Best Community Garden, Best Business Frontage, Best Allotment Garden and Best School Garden (won last year by Amy Johnson Primary School in Wallington).
Last year’s winning school garden.
Judging will take place at the end of June and the winners will be invited to attend a lunch to receive their awards. The best of the entries will also represent Sutton in the prestigious London In Bloom competition.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Lib Dem Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said: “Many people work hard in their gardens and Sutton In Bloom gives us the opportunity to acknowledge their effort and commitment in brightening up our borough and making Sutton a better place to live.
“We want to encourage local gardeners of all ages to enter – whether for a well-tended front garden, a simply stunning community area, an eco-friendly school garden, colourful business frontage or an allotment bursting with good quality fresh produce.”
The support of the Sutton Guardian and local businesses Successful Sutton, Times Square Shopping Centre, Recognition Awards and Woodcote Green Garden Centre means that garden vouchers will be provided for the winners and runners-up in all categories. The closing date for entries is 19 June.
Entry forms can be obtained from local libraries and a downloadable version is available on the Sutton Council website at sutton.gov.uk/suttoninbloom.
For more information, contact Jackie Eldridge in the Environment, Housing and Regeneration Offices at Denmark Road, Carshalton, on 020 8770 5070.