Do you have beautiful blooms, fantastic foliage, lovely landscaping, or spectacular specimen plants in your garden? If you do then enter South Ayrshire Council's first Best Kept Garden competition and let others enjoy your garden.
Councillor John McDowall, Environment and Sustainability Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "All over South Ayrshire green fingered gardeners are lovingly tending their gardens, our Best Kept Garden competition is a way of acknowledging the joy their gardens give to others.
"I would encourage anyone who takes pride in their garden and thinks that it has that extra something to enter our competition. You never know you could be the winner of our first ever Best Kept Garden competition."
The Best Kept Garden competition is being run by the Council supported by Dobbies Garden Centre.
The competition is open to anyone who lives within the boundaries of South Ayrshire. The area has been split into 6 zones and a panel of gardening experts from the Council will select two gardens from each zone to go through to the final – one will be from a Council home and the other from a private home. Only one entry per household is permitted.
The competition covers all of South Ayrshire and is set out in geographical Zones as follows:
Zone 1 – Troon and Barassie (Loans, Dundonald, Symington)
Zone 2 - Prestwick & Monkton (Mossblown, Tarbolton, Failford)
Zone 3 - Ayr North (St. Quivox, Annbank)
Zone 4 - Ayr South (Coylton, Fisherton, Dunure, Minishant)
Zone 5 - Maybole (Kirkmichael, Maidens, Kirkoswald, Crosshill, Turnberry, Straiton, Dailly, Old Dailly)
Zone 6 - Girvan (Barr, Pinmore, Lendalfoot, Pinwherry, Colmonell, Ballantrae, Barrhill)
All the finalists gardens will then be judged again, this time by staff from Dobbies Garden Centre and an overall winner will be selected. The prizes for the winners will be:
1st prize a silver engraved 'Dobbies Trophy' plus a £100 Dobbies voucher and a certificate.
2nd prize £60 Dobbies voucher and a certificate.
3rd prize £40 Dobbies voucher and a certificate.
Zone winners will receive a certificate.
The winners will all be invited to a prize giving award ceremony that will take place as part of the Ayr Flower Show event in August.
To enter simply go to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/garden-competition and email your application form and two photographs (which must have been taken in May or June 2015) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively entry forms are available from a range of Council buildings including libraries, rent offices, community centres, activity centres and Customer Service Centres. Entry forms should be posted along with two photographs (please note these will not be returned) to Best Kept Garden competition, South Ayrshire Council,Burns House, Burns Statue Square, Ayr, KA7 1UT.