GARDENING greenfingered fans are encouraged to show off their Titchmarsh-esque talents as part of a popular gardening competition.
Those with a flair for vegetable patches, a feel for flowers or a love for lawns can enter into the Can You Dig It? contest.
Since being relaunched in 2011, the competition run by South Derbyshire District Council has gone from strength to strength, with a record number of entries last year, and a hope for even more this year.
Young and old South Derbyshire District Council tenants, whether novices or experts, can enter into eight different categories.
They include best front garden, best small garden, best tubs, pots and baskets, best rear garden, best vegetable garden, and the children’s category (eligible for those under 16).
Tenants can enter as many categories as they like, although only one prize will be awarded per entrant.
Councillor Jim Hewlett, chairman of housing and community services at South Derbyshire District Council, said: “You don’t have to be particularly green-fingered to join in.
“Just being part of the competition means you are entering into the spirit of the event, with a chance to share your successes, failures and tips with neighbours and friends.
“Many of our tenants take pride in their gardens, which in turn improves the image of the area as a whole, making South Derbyshire a more attractive place to live and visit.”
The closing date for entries is midday on Tuesday, June 24.
Further information and entry forms are available by visiting www.south-derbys.gov.uk, by phoning 01283 595788 or by emailing the council on email@example.com
Last year the council had a total of 58 entries.
In 2013, Mr Meadows, from Netherseal was declared the overall winner, with Mr and Mrs Hutson, from Melbourne, named runner up.
Lily Hollis, from Newhall, showed off her creative talents to win the children’s category.