Feature article: Wilko Amateur Gardener of the Year Competition 2017

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I was contacted recently and asked if I would like to help promote the Wilko Amateur Gardener of the Year Competition. You can see that this is a sponsored post,  I do need to make it clear that I do not agree to do a sponsored post unless it is something I feel I can put my name behind.  I turn down many.  I have trialled Wilko products in the past and I am also a customer.  I think they are a great low cost brand and their gardening products are good.  I am very happy to help promote this competition (which of course I am not taking part in as it would not be ethical).  I think it is also important to remember that Wilkos remain a family run business, now with the third generation being in charge.  The first J K Wilkinson store opened in 1930 and the business has now grown to be nationwide.

Here are the details relating to the competition:


One of Britain’s best loved value home and garden retailers, Wilko is looking for green fingered locals to enter the 2017 ‘Wilko Amateur Gardener Of The Year’ competition.

Photo c/o Wilko

Research suggests the UK is a secret haven of garden enthusiasts – with 88%* of UK residents rating having a nice garden as important, according to a national survey.

Six lucky entrants from across the UK will be picked as category winners, shortlisted by an experienced garden judging panel, including Dominic Cole, President of The Gardens Trust and award-winning garden designer, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, before being selected by a public vote on the Wilko social media channels.

The categories to enter are:
v  Best Allotment
v  Best Garden Design
v  Best Hanging Basket/ Container
v  Best Junior Gardener
v  Best Wildlife Garden
v  Best Upcycled Garden

The competition is open until 30th September 2017 and the winners of each category will receive a £100 Wilko gift card and trophy.  One of the six finalists will be crowned overall Wilko Amateur Gardener Of The Year 2017 and receive an additional £250 Wilko gift card.

To be considered, simply email an image of your garden to wilkogardener@wearebrazenpr.com including name, email address, telephone number and the category you wish to be considered for.

Full competition details and terms and conditions can be found at: www.wilko.com/show-by-departmet/garden/icat/wilkogarden

Finalists will be informed by 30th October 2017 if they have been shortlisted for the categories.

Photo c/o Wilko

Lloyd Taylor, Head of Garden Category, from Wilko said:

“We know that UK residents are garden lovers and we want to celebrate those skilled amateur gardeners who might not otherwise be recognised for their talents. We’re spreading the word to encourage entries and look forward to seeing the work of garden enthusiasts from up and down the country.”

So if you think you have the expertise to be the next Wilko Amateur Gardener Of The Year 2017 - enter now.

(*1,000 people were surveyed by One Poll in July 2016.)

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