Prize for best Midlothian garden

Melville Housing Association is looking to reward young gardeners in this year's competition.
Melville Housing Association is looking to reward young gardeners in this year's competition.

Melville Housing Association has launched its 2017 Great Gardens competition with a call to tenants of all ages to get growing for a chance to win the £100 first prize.

“When we carried out a small event in Mayfield last year to promote the work Melville was doing to improve outside spaces, we found that children in the area were really keen to get involved,” said Melville’s director of finance and housing Morag MacDonald. “They helped us plant out loads of different containers and baskets and that’s what inspired us to reward the best young Melville gardener this year, alongside our main competition.”

Now in its third year, the Great Gardens competition is open to all Melville tenants, with the winner receiving £100 of vouchers and two runners-up receiving £35 each. The best gardener aged under 16 will receive a special £25 prize.

“We’ve got lots of lovely gardens among our nearly 2,000 homes and many talented gardeners,” continued Morag. “I’m sure the standard of this year’s competition will be every bit as high as in previous years and I look forward to seeing how this year’s entries measure up.”

Completed entry forms for the Baxter Keiller Prize, which was won last year by Mrs Catherine Birdsell of Oak Crescent, Mayfield, must be returned no later than 5pm on Friday, July 21. Winners will be announced at Melville’s annual general meeting in September.

For an entry form or to find out more please get in touch with Dan Hughes by emailing dhughes@melville.org.uk, phoning 0131 654 2733 or by popping in to Melville’s office at the Dalkeith Corn Exchange.