West Lothian gardens are feeling groovy

West Lothian Council launches its garden competition
West Lothian Council launches its garden competition

West Lothian Council’s Annual Gardens Competition is back in the groove.

The competition, which has been running for over 35 years, aims to encourage local residents to get involved in gardening.

This year’s competition has officially opened and is set to wow entrants with a new vibe.

The competition’s chief organiser is West Lothian Council’s Colin Bell, who took part in the official launch event last week (Friday 30 March).

He said: “The rules and categories have changed slightly this year, meaning that the competition will no longer be judged according to geographical areas. This year entries will be assessed on a point based system, resulting in either a gold, silver or bronze award for entry. Entry is free and there are lots of prizes to be won.”

This year, residents can nominate their budding gardens in the following categories.

General Gardens

Containers/Hanging Baskets

Vegetable Garden

Wildlife Garden

Best Newcomer

Tallest Sunflower

The closing date for entries is Friday 6 July so the message is clear, don’t delay, get planting today.

Judging will start in the week beginning Monday 13 August with the awards ceremony being held on Friday 2 November.

Fellow judge, Jillian Anderson, said: “Gardening is a healthy leisure activity which can enhance and enrich our communities. Not everyone likes going to the gym, and gardening offers a handy and cheaper alternative. It’s a great way to relax, escape and just chill out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Gardens can lift people’s spirits and create a sense of pride, and gardening needn’t be expensive either, so it is the perfect pastime.”

So why not give flowers power and enter this year’s competition. To enter, call the Customer Information Service (CIS) centre on 01506 775000 or email


PICTURED: Colin Bell and Jillian Anderson joined fellow judges to launch this year’s competition.