Dig out a grand garden

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ENTRIES for the 2013 West Lothian Garden Competition have opened this week with the event set to be ‘buzzier’ than ever.

With some fair weather as of late, the area’s green-fingered enthusiasts will be keen to get their gardens in trim.

And with more than 40 prizes to be won, the popular free annual event is accepting entries until Friday, July 19.

Executive councillor for the environment, Tom Conn, said: “Many West Lothian residents put a huge amount of hard work into their gardens and we are aiming to recognise those who have made an extra-special effort.

“We are hoping 2013 will be a good year for gardening after weather conditions have been problematic in recent years.

“I would encourage local gardeners to come forward and enter, to showcase the fruit of the labours and encourage others to take up the worthwhile activity.”

This year’s project — dubbed ‘Let’s Get Buzzy in the Garden’ — aims to promote the positive mark gardening can leave on local wildlife such as bees.

Equally, the event will showcase the added health benefits which gardening can often provide.

Organiser Jillian Anderson said: “Gardening is a great way to relax, escape and chill out.

“Being in the garden can lift your spirits, create a sense of community pride and ensure you have a fresh supply of produce on your doorstep, cheaper and tastier than the supermarket.”

In addition to a category for general gardens, there are awards for vegetable gardens; gardening for wildlife; the tallest sunflower for children; and floral containers, which includes hanging 
baskets, tubs and window boxes.

Judging will begin from Monday, August 12, with the awards ceremony scheduled for Friday, November 8.

To enter, or find out more about this year’s competition, visit westlothian.gov.uk, email customer.service@westlothian.gov.uk or call 01506 280000.