Green fingers at the ready!

Green fingers at the ready as Diocese partners with Kent Life Garden Awards 2016.

The Communities and Partnerships Framework is delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Kent Life magazine, as they sponsor two new categories in their annual Kent Life Garden Awards. As well as the main gardening categories, entries are now welcome for the Best School Sacred Space Garden Award and the Best Community Garden Award.

The Garden of England is often how Kent is perceived and promoted. The county is rich in its diversity and unique in having 10 different topographical areas, including a designated desert (Dungerness). Kent is also rich in the produce it can grow and so is able to be attractive to all genres of gardening.

Through its popular gardening competition, Kent Life celebrate the talents of the many gardeners in the county as they work with the soil, climate and their passion to bring out the best of all Kent has to offer. Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Communities and Partnerships Framework said that, particularly with the new categories, there are many church schools, churches and community groups that should consider entering:

“I regularly travel around the Diocese and am always amazed at the many pockets of green that I discover within a school, or alongside a community hall. There are the many churchyards too that have been thoughtfully tended and managed with an awareness of the importance of encouraging wildlife.

“It would be wonderful in our first year connected with the awards to have a bumper entry from the parishes.”

This year is also particularly special as 2016 sees the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth and the Year of the English Garden, promoted by Visit England. Sarah Sturt, Editor of Kent Life magazine said that there are high hopes for this year being one of the best yet for entries: “Through the new wider partnership Kent Life has developed with Visit Kent, the Diocese of Canterbury, Action with Communities in Rural Kent and Kent God’s Acre Project, we are now able to celebrate a wider range of gardens or habitats that are being created and tended by groups who are part of many of our communities’ life.

“Whether it is a community garden, churchyard, public garden or schools, these are great ways of bringing together members of the community, their expertise and enthusiasm as they enhance the beauty of the surroundings in which we live.”

To find out more about the different categories and how to enter visit: www.kentgardenawards.co.uk/   The deadline for all entries is 10th June 2016