BBC Radio Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside are joining forces with the RHS to run a garden design competition. It will give three listeners the chance to design a garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (22–26 July).
The competition asks amateur gardeners and aspiring garden designers to create and submit a ‘City Garden’ design. The design must incorporate creative ways to get the most out of a small outdoor space. Entrants should also tie in a link to their local BBC region as a winning design from each – Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside – will be chosen to represent the corresponding radio station at the flower show.
At the show, the RHS will decide on the ultimate winning garden which will be relocated to , RHS Garden Bridgewater.
Gemma Lake, manager of RHS Flower Show Tatton Park said:
“This is a money-can’t-buy opportunity for someone passionate about gardening and design to see their vision come to life at an RHS Show, gain expert advice and hands-on experience in garden design. I am very excited to see what the BBC Local Radio listeners come up with and which of the three gardens will be selected to be rebuilt permanently at RHS Garden Bridgewater – what a fantastic opportunity for a budding designer. As more and more of the population live in cities and urban areas we hope these ‘City Gardens’ will provide fantastic take-home inspiration for everyone especially those visitors with limited outdoor space.”
The winning designers will be given the opportunity to work with a professional mentor and landscape contractor to bring their designs to life at Tatton, and will have free entry to the show throughout the week.
Entries must arrive by Monday 17 February. Judges will select a winning design from each region, Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside and will consider:
– how well the garden interprets the theme ‘City Gardens’
– how interesting and creative the design is
– the effective use of plants
– how well the design has considered sustainability issues
– how realistic the design is within a small budget and space.
Information on how to enter the competition is available on the BBC website and online at BBC Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire.