Ready, steady, garden for Erewash in Bloom

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Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers as the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month.

The annual competition for green-fingered gurus 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.

There will be prizes for the tallest sunflower, best allotment site, best school garden, best wildlife/environmental garden, as well as best front and back garden.

Last year’s big winners were John Eley from Stanley, who won best medium to large rear garden and best hanging baskets and planters.

Chaucer Junior School won best school garden, and the Friends of Kirk Hallam group won best street or communal area.

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.

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

• Long Eaton High Streefrom 10am until 2pm on Wednesday April 15.

• Bath Street in Ilkeston from 10am until 2pm on Thursday April 16.

Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston town halls.

Alternatively, residents will be able to enter online from Wednesday April 16 at

Forms can also be downloaded at