GREEN-FINGERED residents in housing trust properties are urged to get their trowels and pitchforks out.

As gardens are beginning to bloom, everyone occupying Chester and District Housing Trust homes has been invited to enter the trust’s annual gardening competition.

As well as an overall winner, first, second and third prizes will be awarded in each of CDHT’s six neighbourhoods.

Categories include Best Window Box or Balcony, Best Sheltered Scheme, Best Vegetable Garden, Young Person's Award and Best Group of Gardens.Š

Organiser Sara Morley, CDHT Neighbourhood Enterprise co-ordinator, said: “This year all our staff will be on the lookout for resident's gardens to be entered into the competition and you can also nominate a garden that you feel is a winner.

“We look forward to seeing residents’ beautiful gardens in the summer. We are particularly encouraging children to enter the Young Person’s Award.”

Winners will receive vouchers and the overallŠchampion will receive an engraved trophy.

Application forms are available from Centurion House, Northgate Street, Chester and from the Blacon office, The Parade, Blacon and the Lache office, Cliveden Road. Forms can also be downloaded from or for a form to be posted contact the Trust on 0808 1007701.

The closing date is Friday, July 10.