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PUBLISHED: 13:43 13 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:14 20 February 2013

Herefordshire Life is delighted to announce the launch of its inaugural Garden Awards. We have teamed up with our sister magazine, Worcestershire Life, for these awards which honour all those unsung heroes of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire g...

There are eight categories. Readers are invited to nominate their favourites and also to enter their own gardens for best private garden of the year. We also have a special category open only to schools and colleges to reward the hard work around the two counties in encouraging youngsters to take an interest in the natural world.

There will be two prizes awarded in each category - one for Herefordshire and one for Worcestershire. Nomination forms will be printed in our next issue and you will be able to make online entries at

The categories are:

Garden of the Year
This is the best garden that is open to visitors. Nominate your favourite garden and tell us why it is a delight to visit. It could be the large garden of a stately home or a smaller garden in town. If it's open to the public it's eligible.

Best Private Garden
Nominate your own garden or someone else's. You will need to describe the garden on one side of A4 paper and send us one photograph - so put your thinking caps on now. Photographs may be displayed at our awards final.

Best Pub Garden
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Pub gardens have come into their own since the smoking ban, with many pubs redesigning once neglected spaces. Tell us why your pub garden is so special.

Best Municipal Garden
This is open to any park, garden or other public space which is cared for by a local authority. Tell us about your favourite public spaces in the two counties.

Garden Centre of the Year
It's the peak season for gardening and the vast majority of us will be heading for the garden centre this summer - tell us why your garden centre is the best.

Best Specialist Plant Nursery
These are the small nurseries that don't have cafés, tearooms, or sell giftware. They concentrate solely on the plants and are usually owned and run by people who are experts in their field.

Wildlife Garden of the Year - open to schools and colleges only
If your school or college has a wildlife garden we'd like to know what makes it special. You will need to tell us about your garden (in no more than 50 words) and send us one photograph or drawing of your garden, which may be displayed at our awards final.

Overall Achievement
This will be awarded to the most outstanding entry from all the nominations made

BOX TEXT: The Awards Ceremony
To celebrate our awards we will be holding a tea party at the Malvern Showground on the afternoon before the Malvern Autumn Show - if you're planning on entering our awards put Friday 26th September in your diary now.

If you would like information on sponsorship opportunities for these awards please contact Joanne Walker on 07763 359368 or email

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