CONTEST: Does your garden make the grade?

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It’s still not too late to enter your pride and joy in our best front garden competition.

Lincolnshire Free Press reader Michael Pratt has done just that and he can now look forward to a visit from the judges who will make the difficult decision who will pick up the winner’s trophy.

His garden in Chestnut Avenue, Spalding, is in tip top condition – and if you think yours can match, read on to find out how to enter.

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian have teamed up with the Spalding in Bloom committee to run the competition.

It is being sponsored by Birchgrove Garden Centre in Pinchbeck, which is putting up prizes of £50, £25 and £10 vouchers for the three best entrants.

The competition is easy to enter – just fill in the form published in each edition of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian and send it with a picture of your front garden to the address shown before July 20.

The rules are simple – the garden must be at the front of the house and visible from the path.

It should be possible for judges to access the garden. All entries must be on an entry form and be accompanied by a photograph.

Judges will visit the entered gardens between July 29 and August 12.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, August 22, and the winner will receive the Spalding in Bloom Best Front Garden Trophy and a cash prize.

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, which has this year become involved in Spalding’s In Bloom efforts, said: “We are looking forward to visiting the entries to see the best front gardens the town has to offer.”