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Enter the Kent Life 2014 Garden of the Year competition

PUBLISHED: 12:29 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:29 21 February 2014

St Mary's Catholic Primary School gardening club, winners in 2013

St Mary's Catholic Primary School gardening club, winners in 2013

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Entries are now invited to the 2014 Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year and Best Primary School Garden competitions

The fifth Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year and Best Primary School Garden Awards are now open, with new supporters this year.

Joining our sponsor Hadlow College, who have backed the competition from year one and provide the venue and high tea for our afternoon prize-giving ceremony, are Bybrook Barn Garden Centre and Kent Life Charity of the Year chYps Children’s Hospice at Home.

The Ashford-based garden centre is generously providing the two overall winners’ benches, plus vouchers to spend at the store for the winners and runners up.

Don’t miss your chance to win some of the fabulous prizes – enter today!

CATEGORY ONE

GARDEN OF THE YEAR

Open to all amateur gardeners, whatever the size of your garden.

HOW TO ENTER

• Complete the entry form overleaf

• Attach a written description of your garden and what it means to you

• Include up to six photographs taken either last season or this year that show overviews and details

• Add a sketch plan if possible

• Send in by post, email or enter online at: www.kent-life.co.uk

WIN

First prize – Garden of the Year

• Engraved bench as trophy

• Framed personalised certificate

• £250 Bybrook Barn Garden Centre vouchers

• Pictorial feature in Kent Life

Four runners up

• Framed personalised certificate

• £100 Bybrook Barn Garden Centre vouchers

CATEGORY TWO

PRIMARY SCHOOL GARDEN OF THE YEAR

Open to all primary schools in Kent where gardening is part of your curriculum and where the children are actively involved in a gardening club.

HOW TO ENTER

• Complete the entry form overleaf

• Attach a written description of the school garden and any supporting programmes

• Include up to six photographs

• Optional: add some pictures/input from the children

• Send in by post, email or enter online at: www.kent-life.co.uk

WIN

First prize – Primary School Garden of the Year

• Engraved bench as trophy

• Framed personalised certificate

• £250 Bybrook Barn Garden Centre vouchers

• Pictorial feature in Kent Life

Two runners up

• Framed personalised certificate

• £100 Bybrook Barn Garden Centre vouchers

RULES

Closing date for entries: 13 June, 2014

Eight finalists will be selected and visited by the judging panel, headed up by Roger Platts, award-winning garden, designer, grower and plantsman, after 13 June 2014. All finalists’ gardens will be photographed by Kent Life by 1 July. Finalists will be invited to a celebratory high tea at Hadlow College on 18 September, where the winners and runners up will be announced.

Kent Life regrets that photographs and sketches cannot be returned, and by submitting them you are agreeing to their use in Kent Life and its associated website and publications.

CRITERIA

The panel will look at the overall design, planting, maintenance, special features and personal connection. In addition for schools; the children’s involvement, ecological and educational processes.

HOW TO ENTER

Fill in the entry form below and either email your entry to: editor@kent-life.co.uk or post to: Kent Life Garden Competition,

Kent Life, Archant Kent, Apple Barn, Hythe Road, Smeeth, nr Ashford TN25 6SS

● To post or deliver your entry direct to the (home-based editor), please call 0780 9551 221 to arrange.

HADLOW COLLEGE

“Hadlow College is proud to have been a sponsor from the outset and has witnessed the Kent Life Garden Competition growing in stature together with an increase in the numbers and diversity of entries in both categories. It is a tribute to the creators of the gardens and befitting to our county’s status as The Garden of England,” says press and marketing officer Pat Crawford.

“Entries in the adult section exhibit passion, knowledge, creativity and very hard work. The enthusiasm of the young people involved in the primary school section and the remarkable standard of their gardens encourages more schools to take up the challenge. This surely bodes well for the future of gardening.

Recognised as an outstanding provider of higher-education courses in horticulture, garden design and related subjects, Hadlow College also offers a wide range of options for recreational gardeners, from beginner to the experienced.

Hadlow is passionate about the subjects it offers and has achieved an enviable number of Gold Medals and special awards at RHS and other prestigious shows.

Many ex-students are highly profiled within the horticulture industry, both in this country and abroad, and many have achieved doctorates in their chosen specialism.

The ‘horticulture industry’ embraces many strands and Hadlow College is eminent in most; the gardeners who enter the Kent Life competition practise horticulture at varying levels and we are all dependent on horticulture for a great deal of our food. Garden design and restoration, arboriculture, medicinal and health-related plant production, landscape, garden and turf management all fall under the horticulture umbrella.

Horticulture involves mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, biology, soil science, entomology, weed science and more. As well as direct involvement in a branch of horticulture, there are also career opportunities at home and abroad for graduate and skilled-level entry to the industry’s support services, plus a wide range of challenging, fulfilling and progressive choices available at graduate, post-graduate, skilled and semi-skilled levels.

The Kent Life Garden Competition makes a great contribution to ‘gardening,’ an important part of ‘horticulture’ Hadlow College is delighted to be supporting it.

Hadlow College

Tonbridge Road, Hadlow TN11 0AL

01732 850551

hadlow.ac.uk

BYBROOK BARN GARDEN CENTRE

Terry Burch opened Bybrook Barn Garden Centre in 1975 and today his family run business employs around 60 staff, all keen to make sure gardening is enjoyed by the whole family. Terry hopes his involvement with local schools will encourage a record entry into this year’s Primary School Garden of the Year category.

“Nowadays gardening is a hugely popular hobby and also taps into the greater environmental awareness we all have,” says Terry. “More and more people are growing their own fruit and veg and don’t forget that gardening is also a great way of keeping fit in the fresh air for all the family. We are delighted to be sponsoring Kent Life’s gardening competition and look forward to offering advice and tips to gardeners of all ages.”

Bybrook Barn Garden Centre

Canterbury Road, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9JZ

01233 631959

www.bybrook-barn.co.uk

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