Is your garden the best?

NOW summer has arrived – well, the sun has been shining for at least a few days – the entries are starting to arrive in The Hunts Post Garden of the Year competition. And with the change in the weather (however temporary), it could just be the right time

NOW summer has arrived - well, the sun has been shining for at least a few days - the entries are starting to arrive in The Hunts Post Garden of the Year competition.

And with the change in the weather (however temporary), it could just be the right time to pick up an entry form and send us pictures of your prized garden.

One of the people to enter the competition, which is sponsored by Admiral Windows and Conservatories, is Barry Freeman, who lives in Upton.

He has entered the best kept garden category which has a £250 prize.


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Mr Freeman has spent 50 years making his garden, pictured, just the way he likes it and despite being 61 years old he is out everyday caring for his trees, lawn and vegetable patch, where he grows everything from sweetcorn to runner beans.

Although he has spent years tending the garden, he confesses to not knowing much about gardening technicalities.

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"You don't need to know the name of every single plant and tree to have a good garden. I really enjoy spending time in my garden but I couldn't name the trees in it, I just pick the ones I like the look of, plant them and they seem to grow really well."

The Hunts Post Garden of the Year aims to recognise the best gardens in the district - from St Neots to Ramsey.

There are three categories: best kept garden, best design and most colourful display, with a cash prize of £250 for each winner. An overall winner will also receive £500.

So, if you're proud of your garden and want Hunts Post readers to see it, then simply choose the category you want to enter, fill in the coupon detailing why your garden should win and send three pictures to either Admiral Windows and Conservatories, Ermine Street, Alconbury, Huntingdon, PE28 4FL or The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB by Saturday September 30.

Look out for entry coupons at open gardens across the district throughout the summer.

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