Hunt is on for Best Garden

The hunt is on for the best garden in Inverurie
The hunt is on for the best garden in Inverurie

The Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group (IEI) annual Best Garden Competition will return for its 12th year.

The competition showcases the horticultural talents of Inverurie gardeners and what they can achieve in their own gardens.

The Best Garden Competition is free to enter and open to residents in Inverurie and Port Elphinstone with colourful and well-kept front gardens.

There are nine categories available to enter this year including those for large and small front gardens, hanging basket or container, low-maintenance garden, fruit and vegetable garden, commercial and non-commercial premises, sheltered housing complexes and places of worship.

John Glover, IEI chairperson, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the local community to get involved in making the town look vibrant, whilst receiving the praise and recognition they deserve for their efforts in maintaining wonderful front gardens.

“The aim of the Inverurie Best Garden Competition is to draw attention to the contribution that Inverurie gardeners make to the visual quality of the town and to encourage others to do the same.”

The Royal Horticultural Society also wants to bring back colour and life to streetscapes and in their Front Garden Guide state that “not only do gardens improve our mood, but there is also evidence that horticulture can form part of the solution towards major health and wellbeing issues.

“Front gardens help us and the environment by providing habitat for pollinators and providing opportunities for neighbours and communities to come together and improve the streets we live in”.

GPH Builders Merchants are the sponsors of the Inverurie Best Garden Competition.

Nikki Mortimer, GPH Sales Director, said: “As a keen gardener myself, I am delighted that GPH are supporting the Inverurie Best Garden Competition.

“I welcome the escape that my garden provides, with the physical activity being more than rewarded by the relaxation and delight of a sunny day spent soaking up the heady fragrances or swapping cuttings with the neighbours over a cool drink.”

The closing date for entries is Friday, July 22 and entry forms are available from GPH Builders Merchants, Watson’s Garden and Hardware Centre, Inverurie Garden Centre and Inverurie Library.