Gardeners in Linlithgow get ready

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YOU don’t have to be a Beechgrove gardener to enter this year’s West Lothian Gardens’ Competition.

That is the message from organisers who are encouraging new entrants to show off their gardens this year.

The deadline for entering the 2011 West Lothian Gardens Competition has been moved back until Wednesday, July 27, after reports that gardens have suffered during the wet June.

Colin Bell, chief organiser and the council’s policy officer, said: “The West Lothian Gardens’ Competition has been running for over thirty years and another bumper crop of entries are expected again this year. However, the recent bout of soggy weather has not helped gardeners so everyone is hoping that the weather will improve over the next few weeks.”

The competition will be judged on an area by area basis and all householders living in West Lothian are eligible to take part. There are over 40 prizes to be won.

As well as the ten geographical area categories, entries for the following West Lothian wide categories are also very welcome: best vegetable garden, floral containers (hanging basket, tubs and window boxes), gardening for wildlife and best flower garden.

The two new categories are: tallest Sunflower challenge (open to children under 12) and the best new entrant, which aims to encourage new gardeners to enter.

Entry couldn’t be easier - simply phone the council’s customer service centre on 01506 775000 or email to find out more information and confirm the categories that you wish to enter.