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Meghan Markle event in Redbridge hopes to encourage green-fingered residents

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 March 2018

Can you grow flowers that could adorn the chapel at Windsor Castle? Picture: Dominic Lipinski

Can you grow flowers that could adorn the chapel at Windsor Castle? Picture: Dominic Lipinski

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Will Meghan Markle help put the sparkle back into the streets of Redbridge?

The winning front garden from a previous year in Downhall Avenue. Picture: Redbridge CouncilThe winning front garden from a previous year in Downhall Avenue. Picture: Redbridge Council

To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to the former Suits actress, Redbridge Council has announced that this year’s theme for a gardening competition is “A right royal wedding”.

Redbridge in Bloom is back for its 23rd year and residents are being encouraged to enter and “let their imagination run riot with colour and design”.

A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “You could grow flowers suitable for a bouquet centrepieces that wouldn’t go amiss on the banqueting tables or garlands of flowers that could adorn the chapel at Winsor Castle,

“Surprise us with your inventiveness and be as creative as you like.”

Entry is free and residents can take part whatever their level of gardening expertise.

There are five general categories to compete under including, best front garden, best container garden, best public house and best-sheltered housing.

There is also a section for schools meaning that pupils of all ages can join in the fun.

“We are looking for all types of design from the traditional to the contemporary, and entrants can be as creative as they like.” added the spokeswoman.

“Judging (the competition) doesn’t require you to be in so it must be space that is clearly visible from the road, but this could be a balcony garden or paved front garden filled with beautiful pots and hanging baskets,”

Last year, Roding Primary School, Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, won first place in the best school gardening project, and resident Mark Lonergan, Church Path, Wanstead, won best front garden.

Redbridge Council awarded Meadow Court Care Home, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, with first place in the best sheltered/residential care category and The Prince of Wales pub, Green Lane, Ilford was given the award for best public house.

Nilufar Momen of Edwina Gardens, Redbridge achieved best container garden and the best

community display was awarded to Bill Hinds for his creation in Frating Crescent, Woodford Green.

Closing date for school applications is June 22, with all other categories shutting on July 9.

To enter you need to fill out an application form online.

Visit: redbridge.gov.uk/redbridgeinbloom


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