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Ground Force gardener inspires flower power

7th August 2007

Hundreds of Barchester staff from across the UK are taking part in a competition designed to make their homes' gardens more attractive and imaginative.

The Barchester in Bloom judging panel will include Ground Force star Charlie Dimmock, who will announce the winners at a gala luncheon on September 24th.

Dudwell St Mary care home in Burwash is celebrating reaching the semi-final of the gardening competition.

Geoff Pride, the general manager of the home, said they were "delighted" to have progressed to the semi-final.

The home is to host a Community Open Afternoon where visitors will be able to enjoy cream tea while they view the prize pots and baskets.

The six categories are: Best Front Garden, Best Hanging Basket/Container, Best Sensory Garden, Best Resident's Garden/Project, Best Creative Design and the coveted Garden of the Year 2007.

First place winners in each category will win £500 to spend on gardening equipment, with runners up scooping £250.

The top prize of Barchester Healthcare Garden of the Year will be £1,000 to be spent on gardening equipment for the care home, plus £500 to be spent on a celebration party for the gardeners, residents and staff.