Get ready to make your bed with new Leeds gardening competition

Caption: Leeds City Council support executive member for the environment Councillor Jack Dunn launching the competition with pupils from Middleton St Mary's Primary School

Creative gardeners in Leeds are to have the chance to have their ideas brought to life outside one of the most famous buildings in the city as part of a new competition.

Leeds City Council has launched a ‘design an edible flowerbed’ competition, which is open to all and will see the winning four entries turned into reality outside the Civic Hall in the city centre.

The competition being run by the council’s parks and countryside service and the Leeds Floral Initiative is part of the new ‘Feed Leeds’ project, which aims to bring individuals, groups and organisations together to promote and support local food growing in the city.

Open to any individual, organisation or school to enter, the aim of the competition is to produce flowerbeds which look attractive, complement the city centre surroundings and inspire people to grow their own food.

The rules are that more than half the plants in each entry must be edible in terms producing food such as fruit, vegetables, cereals and herbs. The beds will need to look attractive from April to September and must be easy to maintain with no structures included.

The designs must be able to fit into rectangular plots measuring six metres by four metres in size. The competition is open until Friday 15 February, and for an entry pack email parks@leeds.gov.uk or they can also be picked up from Farnley Hall at Farnley Park, Hall Lane, Leeds LS12 5HA.

A panel of judges will assess the entries in February, with each of the four winners claiming garden vouchers worth up to £250 and seeing their designs made into reality outside the Civic Hall.

Each flowerbed will feature a sign with the winner’s name on, while each winner will also receive a certificate and have their photo taken next to their completed design. They will also be invited as special guests to the 2013 Leeds in Bloom ceremony celebrating gardening and horticulture excellence in the city which is held each year at Civic Hall.

Leeds City Council support executive member for the environment Councillor Jack Dunn said:

“This competition is a fantastic way of not only spreading awareness about the Feed Leeds initiative but also to fire the imagination of gardeners and creative people of all ages across the city.

“To see your flowerbed proudly on show outside Civic Hall in the city centre knowing thousands of people are going to see it will hopefully inspire lots of people to take part so we are very much looking forward to it.”

If you require any more information, please contact Emma Trickett, parks and countryside outreach manager on 0113 395 7400 or email parks@leeds.gov.uk


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