Council supports residents to get gardening

​Date: 01/03/2016
Ref: PR 618111

Wakefield Council is supporting residents to get more involved in their environment and improve their health and wellbeing by taking part in a local gardening competition.

Residents can enter gardening competitions in Altofts and Lee Brigg, Whitwood and Cutsyke, and Half Acres, Hightown and Three Lane Ends.

Local ward councillors for Altofts and Whitwood, Cllr Peter Box, Cllr Jo Hepworth and Cllr Jacquie Speight, are all supporting the initiative to help get more local residents enjoying the benefits of gardening.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader for Wakefield Council, said: “As a fellow gardener I take great pride in the time and effort it takes to maintain beautiful gardens and these competitions are about rewarding residents’ hard work to keep our communities looking great and well maintained.

“I hope this initiative will encourage more people to take up this rewarding hobby. It’s a chance to have a go at growing their own organic food or using their creative skills to make a garden to be proud of.”

There are a number of categories that people can enter including the spring garden competition which closes on 18 March or the best hanging basket or the best vegetable plot which entries for both close on 20 May.

Residents can enter their own garden, hanging basket or vegetable plot, as well as entering someone else’s. The winners in each category receive £30 in vouchers to spend on their gardens.
The initiative is being support by Wakefield Council’s Neighbourhood Improvement Fund.

Those who do not have a garden, but would like to get more involved can also visit the Apple Tree Community Allotment and Gardens in Agbrigg. It is open on Tuesdays from 12 noon until 4pm, Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm and Fridays from 10am until 4pm.

Groups and individuals from across the district are welcome to come to the community allotment to learn skills or pass on their knowledge of growing. It has also been designed as a dementia friendly place, so people with the condition can get involved.