Rooting for everyone to take part in virtual Glorious Gardens competition

Rooting for everyone to take part in virtual Glorious Gardens competition
Rooting for everyone to take part in virtual Glorious Gardens competition

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care has launched a Virtual Glorious Gardens competition this week in a bid to find some hidden treasures across Dorset, which is open to everyone, from Bournemouth to Bloxworth, Southbourne to Swanage. So if you’re proud of your patch, however big or small, why not give it a go.
Entries are open from 1st - 30th June 2020, with the following categories: best allotment or vegetable patch; best general garden; best small creative space, and best children’s garden picture or artwork (drawing, painting, collage etc.).
The entry cost is £5 per category for adults, or £2.50 for a child (under 12), and can be made online via the campaign page Then you email with your garden photo or picture and what category you would like your photo to be entered into. It's that simple!
Entrants may submit up to two photos per category, in colour or black and white, and can enter all four categories. They need to include their name, location, for example ‘Wimborne’, email address, plus a daytime contact number. Image file names must be saved with your full name and location.
Tom Goodinge, Director of Fundraising at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care said: “We are so proud to be able to launch our Virtual Glorious Dorset Gardens competition during this difficult time we are all experiencing. We thought if people can't go and visit each others gardens let's bring the gardens to them in another way. Gardens of all shapes and sizes can be entered, yes, even if you have a little balcony garden, we want to see it!
Our marvellous, green-fingered supporters will be featured in the Bournemouth Echo throughout the month of July and a guest judging panel will make the final decisions on who they think are the worthy winners. If you are lucky enough to win the top spot and be crowned one of Dorset's most glorious gardens you will be featured on the winners page in the Echo and receive a prize.”
Tom concluded: “We’re rooting for everyone to join in on the competition, because at this time of year gardens really come into their own. Gardens and allotments are adding some much-needed enjoyment, exercise and respite during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are vital spaces for wellbeing and a way to battle the boredom during this time.
We’re looking forward to seeing the entries, so please donate and submit your garden photos for us to share with the rest of Dorset!"
For more details on this exciting competition please visit
From its new base, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will be able to help even more people in Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses, as well as promoting acceptance, hope and peace of mind, helping people live well through their illness, as well as developing new services which includes education, and support groups for families and carers.
Its aim is to increase people’s physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on family and carers.
If you don’t wish to take part in the Virtual Glorious Dorset Gardens competition you can visit Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s JustGiving page and make a one-off donation or set up a regular monthly gift, or please help by texting DORSETCARE to 70470 to give a gift of just £5 per month.
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