Top Tips to Brighten Up the Town

Broughshane 2011Preparations for the ‘Best Kept’ Awards are already well underway in many of the new super council districts. Entries from both local community groups and private residential committees mean that 2015 will be another superb display of Northern Ireland’s ‘best kept’ towns, villages and residential areas and the competition will be keen!

Most of you will be working to a tight budget and with this in mind we thought we’d lend a hand and share a few top tips on how to impress our judges with your gardening skills.

Sometimes all an area needs is a touch of colour! Here are a few tips on what our judges are looking for when viewing flowers in urban settings;

• The planting container must be in proportion to its situation and adjacent to any street furniture.
• Take a look at the colours used on buildings in the surrounding area and select flowers, which will tie in, both in terms of colour and height with the area’s natural landscape. This should immediately brighten up the area.
• Once planted, make sure you keep the flowers sufficiently fed, watered and deadheaded. Also, take care that they aren’t too much in the shade or too exposed to the elements if they are delicate plants.
• Lastly, keep the area free from weeds and ensure grass verges/hedges are kept trim.

To volunteer with your local community group and get involved in the Open+Direct Insurance ‘Best Kept’ Awards contact us on 028 9040 3681.

Good luck!