A ‘blooming marvelous’ chance for Tanshall to blossom

Tanshall Primary School youngsters show their sunflower growning kits
Tanshall Primary School youngsters show their sunflower growning kits

Residents have a chance to show their green fingered credentials with a opportunity to create a floral garden or grow the tallest sunflower.

It’s all part of the ‘Blooming Tanshall’ project which has been launched as part of this year’s Take A Pride campaign, which has proved so popular in recent times.

And youngsters won’t miss out as they’ll be able to take up the ‘Growing For Gold’ challenge with a prize for the child having grown the town’s tallest sunflower.

There are still a number of free packs (growing pot, compost, sunflower seed and instructions) available on a first come, first served basis at the Kingdom Centre information desk.

Adults have until May 28 to get their entry forms in for a range of categories including best wildlife, flower or edible garden, best floral display, biggest spring onion, tastiest strawberry of sweetest pea.

Kirsty Strachan, community education worker, said the project is an ideal chance for residents to get involved in making their communities more attractive.

“It’s a chance to develop a positive community spirit and for people to have a direct influence on their own living spaces,” she said.

“It’s also fun and a great way to involve youngsters in the project as well as helping them learn about important environmental issues.”

The competition will culminate in a traditional style garden fete at the end of June in Tanshall Primary School which will include a produce competition.

Entry forms are available from a number of outlets including St Ninian’s Community Cafe and Ch@t office.

Judges will score garden entries on: overall design (colour, appropriate plants for situation, quality of plants, upkeep and wow factor).

Wildlife (wildlife-friendly plants and features eg bird/insect boxes).

Recycling (compost bins, imaginative/practical use and re-use of materials).

Sustainability (water conservation/retention, use of permanent planting).

Gold, silver and bronze awards will be given with special recognition for the best entry in each category.

All of the winners will be announced at the Tanshall Garden Fete which will take place on Saturday, June 28.