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Haywards Heath launches Strictly gardening initiative

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Green-fingered garden enthusiasts have been showing off their talents in a Mid Sussex town's annual gardening show, postcodegazette.com reports.

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Green-fingered garden enthusiasts have been showing off their talents in a Mid Sussex town's annual gardening show, postcodegazette.com reports. Haywards Heath's 'Strictly Come Gardening' has been launched, a scheme which provides inspiration to even the least horticulturally-inclined among its residents and encourages them to transform their own gardens. The competition concludes in April next year, when the displays have had a chance to grow. Funded by West Sussex County Council, the programme has successfully signed up lots of local businesses and schools. Southern Water has also made a donation, under its Big Sowing initiative. Each participant receives a grant to buy seeds, compost and any other tools they might need to grow plants in their garden. Their spaces, some of which might incorporate contemporary garden buildings, are then inspected by experts who will dispense guidance. One of the elements that must be incorporated is an 'edible metre', where gardeners must grow vegetables and fruits. It is hoped that some of the schoolchildren involved will put their new skills to good use in their own gardens. In addition to the many schools that have taken part, the scheme has also been adopted by community groups including Age UK and Haywards Heath Sure Start, midsussextimes.co.uk writes. Haywards Heath is known for its floral displays, boasting pretty hanging baskets in the town centre each year and featuring pretty displays across Muster Green. Commenting on the scheme, Nicola Bird, manager of The Orchards shopping complex and competition sponsor said: "Haywards Heath will certainly bloom next year and I'm sure our edible metre will inspire lots of children and their parents to think about growing their own vegetables."

Author:

Elizabeth Smythe

7th December 2012