Issued: January 14, 2017
Epping in Bloom group launches two competitions
Two competitions have been launched by the Epping in Bloom group.
Young visitors to the organisation's Market Garden area next to the Marks and Spencer store, off Epping High Street, are invited to search out six woodland animals hidden among the plants.
Meanwhile Epping in Bloom has launched a Growing Community competition and is seeking entries from people able to grow herbs, fruit or vegetables in a fun, inventive way.
Produce must be grown in a pot or hanging basket (no size restriction).
Decorations can be added to the outside of the pot which could be painted.
Photographs of entries must be with Epping in Bloom - email to firstname.lastname@example.org - by July 7. The winner will receive their prize at the Epping in Bloom presentation evening.
The Community Garden Competition is open to under-16s who must seek out the six woodland animals which have been hidden around the Market Garden area.
Locations of the six animals should be written down, along with the entrant's name, address and telephone number, and posted into the Epping in Bloom post box at the garden.
Entries can also be emailed to email@example.com.
The winner will be announced at the end of March.
Epping in Bloom chairman Victoria Robertson said: "Hosting a community competition at the start of the year will help bring people together, help to get the children involved and create community awareness."
With help from local volunteers, schools and Epping Town Council, Epping in Bloom is responsible for the planters at Tower Road and outside Epping Fire Station and floral displays at Epping Station.
Its achievements have already been recognised in the Anglia in Bloom awards.
The organisation, which recently welcomed several new members, is appealing for funds to enable it to continue with its work.
Planks of woods for the raised fruit and vegetable beds which will be installed near the Market Garden entrance are on sale for £20 each.
The wood can be engraved with the name of the donor or a loved one; they could also be purchased as a special Valentine's gift and bear a couple's initials and a heart.
The beds could be installed in early April.