Competition for gardens

Green-fingered gardeners in the Ripley area are showing off their horticultural skills. Judging of entries in this year’s Ripley Town Council 2011 Best Kept Allotment and Best Kept Garden competition takes place at the weekend.

The closing date for entries has now passed. The winner will receive a Co-op gift voucher for £35 with £20 and £15 vouchers up for grabs for second and third places in three categories, large, medium and small gardens, said a spokesman for the town council. And a £20 Co-op voucher is the prize for best allotment.

Entrants will be manicuring their lawns in readiness for Saturday when the competition will be judged.