Search begins for Derry’s top garden

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With just less than two weeks to go until the closing date of June 17, Derry City Council is reiterating its call for entries to find the city’s best school, community group and private residential garden.

With a prize fund featuring £100 worth of gift vouchers and the chance of winning the title of City’s Best School Garden, City’s Best Community Garden or the City’s Best Garden, the competition is ideal for garden enthusiasts of all ages.

Christine Doherty, Derry City Council’s Biodiversity Officer, says: “This competition aims to showcase some of the city’s most creative and bright gardens which promote recycling initiatives and the attraction of wildlife. The gardens will be judged on the range of garden features that support wildlife (nest boxes, bird tables, ponds or log piles), a variety of native trees, plants and flowers that provide a sustainable food source and refuge for wildlife. We will also be keen to see the creative use of natural resources (making compost, creative recycling and the collection and use of rain water).”

For full details and entry forms contact Christine Doherty, Biodiversity Officer on 02871 365151 or Please return completed application forms and a photograph of your wildlife garden by Friday, June 17.