A telly gardener is on the lookout for Britain’s most bloomin’ marvellous streets.
David Domoney, who presents Love Your Garden on ITV with Alan Titchmarsh, has launched a national challenge called Cultivation Street.
A whopping £10,000 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers are up for grabs.
Backed by the Sunday People, David wants to judge who has the best gardens and green spaces across the UK.
He said the contest would differ from Britain in Bloom by focusing on individual streets, even if it was just the work of a few neighbours – while Bloom focuses on big neighbourhoods and communities.
David told AG: “This is a rally cry to encourage people to focus on their front gardens.
“Last year we saw a huge sense of pride with captivating displays for the Jubilee and Olympics. Now, there’s a void, fuelled by weather uncertainty and the economic climate.
“This will appeal to people who’d never thought of Britain in Bloom. Entering is free.”
As well as eight regional awards, the competition will reward people who excel in special categories (see below).
The Prince’s Foundation is supporting a sustainability category.
The foundation’s Michael Romero said: “Making the most of your front garden can help to transform a good street into a great community that everyone can enjoy.”
To enter, visit the website at www.cultivationstreet.co.uk. Applications must be in by 26 August. Judging will take place on 30 August. Winners will be notified on 8 September.
CULTIVATION STREET – SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES:
Generation Street – awarded to a street that has got young people involved
Inspiration Street – a street that has come together to look spectacular against all odds
Multiplication Street – for the most consecutive front gardens involved
Transformation Street – will go to the street that’s had the most impressive makeover
Sustainability and community – for an eco-friendly street
Cultivation School – for the best school garden