And here’s the first entry...

Claire Willson, 34 Park Road, Spalding ANL-140520-145713001
Claire Willson, 34 Park Road, Spalding ANL-140520-145713001
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The first entry has been submitted for this year’s Spalding In Bloom Best Front Garden competition.

Mrs Claire Willson, of Park Road, has thrown down the gardening gauntlet and sent us this picture of her front garden. And there’s still plenty of time for you to get your entries in.

It’s the second year for the competition, run by Spalding In Bloom in conjunction with the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press.

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

The competition is easy to enter – just fill in the form in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian and send it with a picture of your front garden to the address shown.

Or email us your picture to and include all the details asked for on the form. Entries must be in by June 23.

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 accompanied by a photograph.

Judges will be visiting all the entries between June 30 and July 13. The winners will be announced on Thursday, July 17.

The winner will receive the Spalding in Bloom Best Front Garden trophy.

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, which is involved in Spalding in Bloom’s efforts, said: “Last year there was a very high standard from all the entrants and I’m sure 2014 will be no different.”

The winners of the 2013 competition were Judy and Terry Wing, of Park Avenue.

This year they will take part in The Frank Constable Best Front Garden Competition organised by East Midlands in Bloom and judged by the East Midlands in Bloom judges during their visit to Spalding in July.