WITH people having more time to spend gardening during lockdown, a councillor’s garden competition will soon be open for entries.

Councillor Les Sibley holds the competition each year allowing Bicester residents to show off their garden in a bid to be crowned the best in town.

Now in its 23rd year, the event takes place from June 13 to September 7 and entries will be judged by Mr Sibley during this time where he hopes people will take part.

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With garden centres open again, residents have a chance to spruce up their gardens.

He said: “I've had new people coming forward saying their garden hasn't looked this good in a long time. It gives people something to look forward to.

“Entries are welcomed by any keen gardeners who live in the parish of Bicester to show off their back gardens."

All back garden entries will receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate with additional awards for the top gardens.

First place will win the Councillor Les Sibley Trophy, a £25 garden voucher and framed certificate.

Second place will win a £15 garden voucher and framed certificate while the third prize is a £10 garden voucher and framed certificate. Last year's winners were Pam Whelen and David Hoad.

For details and how to enter the competition call 01869 240412 or 07796685466 or email sibleygold@aol.com.