Competition to find Arborfield & Barkham's best gardensBy Lewis Rudd
June 11, 2010
Encouraging good horticulture is one of the reasons why green-fingered members of a local community group in Arborfield have decided to run an open garden competition.
Arborfield Gardening Association (AGA) is calling on local folk in the village and neighbouring Barkham to put forward their luscious lawns or proud ponds for a contest it is holding later this month.
On Saturday, June 19, a seven-strong panel of judges will be deployed to those gardens and terraces which have entered the English Country Garden Competition.
The team will be tasked with choosing what it believes is the best front and back garden, best vegetable plot or allotment and best commercial or community garden.
Winners will also be selected from those who enter the competition’s window box, container or hanging basket and water feature or pond categories.
Jan Heard, chairman of the association, explained how the competition – which is the first of its kind for the group – is a revamp of a similar contest which was staged in the village some years ago.
She said: “It is sort of a revamp because there used to be a very informal competition a number of years ago which was part of the Arborfield fete, and I have been asked a few times by some people when it is going to be done again.
“So we have decided to revamp it and appoint a panel of seven judges, with a good cross section of opinion, and allow people from both Arborfield and Barkham to enter, seeing as the association attracts members from both villages.
“I’m absolutely looking forward to it and I hope it encourages good horticulture, sustainability and conservation.
“I hope it helps people improve their gardens.”
Mrs Heard went on to explain how she hoped the judging panel would consist of representatives from Arborfield and Barkham parish councils, the local Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) and the gardening association itself.
She also revealed how prizes will be awarded to those declared competition winners and they are likely to be presented at the association’s meeting in September.
The chairman added the contest would happily welcome any potential sponsorships.
For more information and to obtain an entry form contact Mrs Heard on (0118) 976 0243.