THE SEEDS are being sown to get Leamington gardening this spring.
Leamington in Bloom is running a series of awards and competitions to add extra colour to the town.
A photography competition challenges Leamington’s best amateur and professional snappers to shine a light on the town’s plants and gardens.
The theme is ‘Colours of Leamington’, and the photographer whose image is chosen as the overall winner will receive £50, as well as a place in the 2019 Leamington in Bloom calendar for their picture. Second and third place runners-up will win £35 and £20.
The Pub Gardens and Hanging Baskets Award invites the town’s pubs and bars to enter their outdoor spaces and floral arrangements, from large gardens to patios. The pub or bar judged to have the best garden or hanging baskets will be awarded a plaque.
Leamington in Bloom is also offering grants of £150 to schools, community groups and individuals who need some help to plant or improve a green space around town. There are six grants altogether – three for schools, and three for other green spaces.
Leamington in Bloom spokeswoman Annabel Rainbow said: “It’s no secret that flowers and plants make our town more beautiful. They also do a wonderful job of encouraging wildlife, including vital pollinators like bugs and bees.
“We’re keen to bring as many people together as possible – whether that’s school children or pub staff – to get Leamington blooming this spring. By summer, we’re confident the results will be something that can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors to our town.”
Visit Leamington in Bloom’s website www.leamingtoninbloom.co.uk for further details.
Entry form for the grants are also available from Room 5 at the Leamington Town Hall.