Winter gardens competition for Ipswich

ORGANISERS of the Ipswich in Bloom competition are today calling all enthusiastic gardeners to enter this year's new winter competition.Green fingered residents were left shocked and disappointed earlier this year when it was announced that the popular annual summer competition had been scrapped after funding for the event failed to materialise in time.

ORGANISERS of the Ipswich in Bloom competition are today calling all enthusiastic gardeners to enter this year's new winter competition.

Green fingered residents were left shocked and disappointed earlier this year when it was announced that the popular annual summer competition had been scrapped after funding for the event failed to materialise in time.

George Debman, Ipswich borough councillor for Holywells ward and the newly appointed chairman for the committee, has said next year's event will go ahead as planned.

In addition, the town's first ever winter gardening competition will be held this year to alleviate some of the disappointment suffered following the cancellation.


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Mr Debman said: “Next year's event is definitely happening. We are having a meeting about it, and we are looking for people who want to lend a hand or have any innovative ideas to offer.

“I know it will be successful.”

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He said the Ipswich in Bloom winter display competition was a new concept which the committee hoped would prove popular.

“I went along to a meeting as the council's representative and we thought it would be nice to do something,” Mr Debman said.

Entries are welcome from schools and businesses as well as from owners and tenants of houses, flats and residential homes. There will be three separate categories - home, educational and business.

Displays can include hanging baskets, planted containers and gardens. Gold, silver and bronze vouchers will be awarded to every entry that meets the required standard and trophies will be given to the best entry in each category.

Judging for the winter competition will take place in February and entries forms are available from the one-ipswich customer services centre in the Town Hall, from housing offices and the county library or by post from The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Felaw Maltings, 42 Felaw Street, Ipswich, IP2 8SQ.

If you want to help the committee with ideas, the meeting will be held on Monday, September 10, at 6.30pm at Ipswich Borough Council's headquarters, Grafton House.

Do you think Ipswich does enough to make itself look its best? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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