A GARDEN centre retailer with a store in Chirk is looking for the best and most-dedicated gardeners in the Wrexham region.

Dobbies, based at Moreton Park, has announced the launch of its first-ever ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ awards, and is looking to reward gardeners from Wrexham for their creativity and commitment to making the UK a brighter place through their gardens.

It is encouraging the public to get involved and nominate the talented people in their lives, with the competition open to amateur gardeners.

Marcus Eyles, horticulture director at Dobbies, said he is looking forward to seeing some of the entries from Wrexham’s gardeners.

He said: “Gardening has proven benefits for our health and wellbeing and at Dobbies, we’re delighted to see so many more people getting involved with gardening over the past year.

“These awards will allow us to celebrate those who love gardening and those who show promise as potential gardening superstars.

“We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful gardens from entrants in Wrexham.”

Categories include; Best Community Gardener, Best Mini Garden Makeover and Most Instagrammable Garden.

Young gardeners are also being encouraged to get involved and submit entries for Best Young Gardener, for under-16s, and Best Little Seedling for those aged 10 and under.

There is also a category dedicated to finding Dobbies’ Best New Gardener 2021, with novice gardeners urged to enter and showcase their newly-honed skills.

Marcus will be one of the judges of the competition, alongside gardener, journalist and Dobbies’ podcast host Louise Midgely.

Entries can be submitted via the Dobbies’ website, with winners being awarded £250 to spend in Dobbies’ Moreton Park store, plus a one-to-one gardening consultation with the judges to advise them on how to maximise their garden in 2021 and beyond.

The competition is open until May 28 – to enter or make a nomination, visit the Dobbies’ website and complete a simple form.

For more information visit https://www.dobbies.com/dobbies-in-the-community