It’s bloom time again for gardeners

The annual competition sees the area come alive with colour.
The annual competition sees the area come alive with colour.

Gardeners can put their spades and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers as the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition launches this month.

The annual competition for green-fingered gardeners is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.

This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:

• Wednesday, April 13 – Long Eaton High Street, 10am to 2pm

• Thursday, April 14 – Ilkeston Bath Street, 10am to 2pm

The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.

Councillor Mike Wallis, the borough council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “Put the dates in your diaries and come along and visit our Bloom stalls – it’s time to sharpen your shears, spruce up your flower bed and bring on the baskets. We expect another record-breaking year for our Erewash in Bloom, which remains a summer-long favourite with residents of all ages in all corners of our borough.”

This year’s competition is being sponsored by The Oddfellows. The friendship group is open to everyone and has 280,000 members and 139 branches all over the UK.