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Vote for Powis Castle as garden of the year

 
Created on 03/02/2020 @ 14:40
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Welshpool’s Powis Castle is shortlisted for the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards, and we are calling on our supportive readers to back the bid to win.

One of our favourite attractions faces stiff competition for the Garden of the Year, one of nine awards up for grabs in the prestigious competition.

Winning such a competition would provide a huge boost to the castle’s profile, which is already visited by tens of thousands of visitors every year.

“Which public garden, large or small, has risen to the challenge in 2019 and provided the perfect experience for the visitor? Beauty, innovation and sustainability are key areas the judges will be looking at,” said a competition spokesperson.

Now in its eighth year, the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards recognises the best of the British countryside, from top holiday spots to mighty landmarks and glorious gardens.

To make your vote count, you need to register (or log in) here.

Who is in the running for Garden of the Year?

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, North Yorkshire

Find 18 hectares of stunning woodland, garden, arboretum, three lakes and 1,400 varieties of rhododendron, plus pagodas, summerhouses and unique sculptures that enhance the landscape. Accessible, too. himalayangarden.com

Hill Close Gardens, Warwickshire

A beautiful urban-gardening gem – 16 restored Victorian pleasure gardens, a community cottage and characterful allotments with delightful nooks to explore. Very accessible. hillclosegardens.com

Powis Castle gardens, Welshpool

Marvel at Italianate terraces blasted from solid rock, spectacular yew hedges, dancing statues and lavish herbaceous borders in these extravagant gardens. All framed by a huge castle, to boot. nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden

Alnwick garden Poison garden, Northumberland

Take a thrilling guided tour into 100 of the most deadly and narcotic plants, locked behind black iron gates.... if you dare. Plus don’t miss Alnwick’s spectacular rose garden and the world’s largest cherry orchard. alnwickgarden.com

Tresco Abbey Garden, Isles of Scilly

Surrounding the ruins of a medieval Benedictine Abbey, these sub-tropical gardens are home to thousands of exotic plants. Wander through ferns, orchids and palms, and admire the Valhalla collection of shipwrecked figureheads. tresco.co.uk

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