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Are you proud of the work you did in your garden during lockdown?  Well, why not show it off and enter the Big Bungay Garden Competition?

There are three categories:

FRONT GARDEN

SMALL/COURTYARD GARDEN

OVERALL GARDEN

The winner in each category will receive a prize of £50 worth of vouchers from Three Willows Garden Centre on Flixton Road and the winner of the Overall Garden will also be presented with the Seamon’s Cup, to be held for a year.

Chris & Terry Reeve are also donating a prize specifically for the best garden for wildlife. There is no separate category for that – it will be judged by how you have integrated provision for wildlife in your garden – perhaps a pond, or a bug hotel, bird boxes, areas left wild or plants for pollinators.

Bungay in Bloom, the Bungay Society and Bungay Town Council have teamed up to create the competition and it is they who will judge the gardens.

To enter, simply download the entry form and email it, along with up to 8 jpegs of your garden to didyward@outlook.com by June 20th.

Or you can print it off and hand it in at either Giddens & Thompson greengrocers in Earsham Street, or Tops hairdressers in Upper Olland Street, along with your garden pics (ensuring your name is on the back of each) by June 20th, or you can hand in the form to Giddens & Thompson or Tops but email your pics (tagged with your name) to didyward@outlook.com by June 20th.  DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES NOW EXTENDED TO JUNE 30TH!

You don’t need to have spent a fortune on your garden – the judges will be looking primarily for gardens that are well cared for, loved and used.

Neither do you need to have rare plants or exotics – in fact if you’ve raised your own plants from cuttings or seed that will count in your favour.

Don’t stress if flowers have gone over or are yet to bloom – gardens are continually changing and there are always plants past their best – but more to come into their own!  Gardeners are always saying “But you should have seen it last week” or “It will be much better when the dahlias are out”!

The judges will be looking for well cared for plants, a good use of the space, a good variety of planting, anything you do that helps sustainability, a garden that can be enjoyed year- round and by you, your family and wildlife.

The judges will make a shortlist of gardens to visit from the entries submitted, contacting the owners to agree date and time and then make their decisions to find a winner in each category.

Download the entry forms here (either Word or pdf):

Entry Form  (Word)

Entry Form  (pdf)