Still chance to grab a gardening prize

There’s still time for County Durham gardeners to win a £30 National Garden Voucher in a council photography competition.

The Garden Treasures contest has been organised by Durham County Council and encourages people to share why their beautiful outside spaces are important to them.

Residents have until Monday 17 August to submit images of their floral displays and green spaces, along with a brief explanation of how gardening has helped them through the coronavirus pandemic, to be in with a chance of winning.

Entries can be made in any of the following five categories, up to a maximum of four images per person:

· Garden, either front or back

· Yard area

· Floral containers, including baskets, tubs and troughs

· Children’s garden area

· Most improved (please send before and after photographs)

One winner from each category will receive a £30 National Garden Voucher and their photo will be included in a public vote to decide the People’s Choice award.

The competition is open to all County Durham residents over the age of 18, with parents and guardians invited to make a nomination on behalf of younger gardeners.

To enter, recent photographs, no larger than 4MB and in JPG format, should be emailed to along with contact details and a brief description of what the garden or planted area means to entrants at this time.

Submissions should not be framed or contain watermarks and are restricted to four pictures per entry. Photographs with people in them will not be accepted.

Suitable entries will be uploaded to the Civic Pride Instagram page where they can be viewed and shared.

Entries for the individual categories close on Monday 17 August. The People’s Choice award will be open to voting from Tuesday 18 August until midnight on Thursday 20 August.

Winners will be notified by telephone or email by Friday 28 August.

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