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Competition: Blind Gardener of the Year

Competition: Blind Gardener of the Year


The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and Thrive are running the competition and it is open to blind and partially sighted people of all ages, experience and skills from across the UK. You don't have to be an expert gardener to enter. Three categories will be judged:

  • People with less than 2 years experience

  • People with more than two years experience

  • Younger People up to 18

Monty Don, the celebrated gardener and lead presenter of BBC TV's Gardeners' World and one of Thrive's greatest supporters is delighted to join the judging panel for Blind Gardeners of the Year 2005. Monty says: "I fully support the excellent work that Thrive is doing in encouraging blind and partially sighted people to garden”.

Lucy Morrell of Thrive, who is co-ordinating this new competition, says: "The award recognises the enthusiasm, achievement and skills of gardeners, young and old. The competition is open to anyone who is blind or partially sighted and loves to garden, whether they maintain a wonderful window box, beautiful borders or an abundant allotment.”

Prizes include Hall's Glasshouses delivered and erected on a level site, a cold frame and stand, raised-bed kit and compost tidy tray from Suttons, a £50 Suttons Seeds vouchers, cash from St Dunstan's and sets of Peta Easi-Grip hand tools. The first 1,000 entrants will receive a starter pack containing a Suttons Seeds catalogue with a £5 voucher, a pack of taped seeds, and a sample edition of ‘Come Gardening' Thrive's unique quarterly magazine for gardeners who have sight problems.

Eleanor Ellison from RNIB says: "We know that many blind and partially sighted people just love to garden. Time and again we have seen that re-learning gardening skills following sight loss has given people the confidence to carry on with other aspects of daily living. RNIB is delighted to be working closely with Thrive and we look forward to the competition which will celebrate people's achievements”

For further details and an entry form please contact Lucy Morrell at:
The Geoffrey Udall Centre,
Beech Hill,
Reading, RG7 2AT.
Telephone: 0118 988 5688 or email

Completed entries must be received by 15 August 2005 and the winners will be announced in October 2005.

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