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Glasgow, can you match North Kelvin Meadow for colour?

A colourful North Kelvin Meadow in the West End was used to launch the new awards.

The search is on to find Glasgow’s best gardeners.

And North Kelvin Meadow on a sunny spring day has been used to launch a new set of awards.

The ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’ Gardening Awards 2021 is being run by The Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow.

It aims to celebrate the role that gardening has played during the pandemic while encouraging more people to get outdoors and make the most of gardens, allotments, and community green spaces.

The launch comes ahead of garden centres opening on Easter Monday.

Sandy Martin, from the Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow, lives in the West End.

He said: “We want to hear from people who have created a little bit of lockdown magic on their home turf and in community gardens. 

“We are looking for garden make-overs, brilliant window boxes, waste land transformed into wildflower meadows and front gardens filled with flowers.”

The awards are open to everyone within Glasgow and the surrounding area. 

There are three categories - Best Garden, Best Community Garden and Best Young Gardener (age 16 or under), which will recognise a young person who has shown outstanding skills. 

Sisters Ruby, 10, and Nina Thomson, eight, are pictured planting flowers at North Kelvinside Meadow in Glasgow's West End to launch The Incorporation of Gardeners  'Let Glasgow Flourish Garden Awards 2021'. Photo: Martin Shields
Sisters Ruby, 10, and Nina Thomson, eight, are pictured planting flowers at North Kelvinside Meadow in Glasgow's West End to launch The Incorporation of Gardeners  'Let Glasgow Flourish Garden Awards 2021'. Photo: Martin Shields

Prizes of £250 gardening gift vouchers will be awarded in each category.

Sandy said: “Anyone can enter or they can nominate someone else that they think deserves to be recognised for their green-fingered efforts.

“No plot is too small, so send us pictures that show us how Glasgow has continued to flourish during these challenging 8mes.”

We want to hear from people who have created a little bit of lockdown magic on their home turf and in community gardens

Sandy Martin

Since the start of lockdown more people than ever have taken up gardening. 

Plants have a positive impact on mental health and sales of house plants have soared. 

Gardens have provided an escape, gardening is good for your soul, reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and gets you out in the open air.

Pictured Sandy Martin, from the Incorporation of Gardeners. Photo: Martin Shields
Pictured Sandy Martin, from the Incorporation of Gardeners. Photo: Martin Shields

Sisters Ruby, 10, and Nina Thomson, eight, were pictured planting flowers at North Kelvinside Meadow in Glasgow's West End to launch.

The golden daffodils capture how plants and flowers make Glasgow come alive after the dark winter months.

Entries should be sent to: entry@lgfgardeningcompetition.com. The closing date is Friday, August 6 2021.

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