GARDENERS and allotment growers from across the land are being called to ‘dig for victory’ as the search for Littlehampton’s next green-fingered champions begins.
The competition, to find the best kept gardens and allotments, was launched last week by Littlehampton Town Council at Ferring Nurseries, which is once again backing the event.
The tournament is run to recognise and reward the hard work that so many of the town’s residents put into their gardens and allotments.
The chairman of the town council’s allotments sub-committee, councillor Jill Long, said: “This long-established competition has grown in popularity throughout the years which demonstrates that we have many keen gardeners of all ages and abilities in our town.
“The winter weather has not been kind to our gardens, but with spring already promising to give us plenty of sunshine, we can all finally get back to the tending.”
The competition aims to encourage gardeners of all ages and abilities to take part.
This year, the town council is keen to see the green-fingered spirit bloom in the hearts of children from across the town.
Youngsters are being urged to take part in the grow the tallest sunflower challenge.
Even those residents who may not know the difference between their roses and their hydrangeas can get stuck into the competition.
They can nominate a neighbour whose gardens help to brighten up the street that they live in.
The only condition is that the nominees must live within the BN17 postcode.
Allotments are automatically entered into the competition.
The closing date is June 27. Winners of each category will receive vouchers from principal sponsor Ferring Nurseries.
Entry forms will be available from the town council offices at Manor House, in Church Street, in Littlehampton, and from Ferring Nurseries, Littlehampton Road, Ferring.
Alternatively they can be completed online on the town council’s website, www.littlehampton-tc.gov.uk
The judging will take place on July 11 by five judges, including the Littlehampton mayor and members of Littlehampton allotments and leisure gardens association.
Winners will be notified within five days of judging and invited to an award ceremony held in August.
The tallest sunflower will be judged separately.
For a list of the competition’s categories, see this week’s Gazette (Thursday, April 10).