Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

GET YOUR GOURDS READY BECAUSE HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER…

In celebration of Halloween, we are kicking off a week-long PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST. By just carving a pumpkin, you have the chance to win a fantastic J.Parker’s voucher worth £25 and entering couldn’t be simpler! All you need to do is carve a pumpkin and upload a picture of it to enter your creation into the competition.

🎃🎃HOW TO ENTER 🎃🎃

  • Firstly, carve your own special pumpkin creation. You can create any design you like, using any variety of pumpkin! Think of unique, fun and clever designs for your pumpkins.
  • Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, feel free to use paint, pen and anything you think will stand out.
  • Once you have completed your pumpkin design, snap a photo and submit it into the competition. SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS BY OCTOBER 31ST 📆
  • To enter, simply follow the instructions below.

Share your photos on our FACEBOOK PAGE 

Share your photos on our TWITTER PAGE and tag #ParkersPumpkin

Share your photos on our INSTAGRAM PAGE and tag #ParkersPumpkin

Or send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (email under 5mb)

  • The WINNER will be announced on Friday 1st November and will receive their prize shortly after by post.

Donate this Halloween…

Our team at J.Parker’s are hosting our own Pumpkin competition as a part of our fundraiser for Children In Need 2019. So, if you would like to join in with giving this October and help disadvantaged children across the UK, simply click the link to donate below. Donate here: https://www.donate.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • We will view all entries and the entry which meets the criteria outlined below will be considered for the £25 voucher prize.
  • All entries using photographs must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on social media or in print.
  • Entrants agree that their names may be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • The winning entry will be judged on both the quality of the plant and the image.
  • The winner will receive a £25 voucher to spend on any products currently offered by J. Parker’s. This cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize.
  • Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (email under 5mb) or you can share it with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
  • All entries will be considered, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Competition closes 31st October 2019. The winner will be notified on the 1st November 2019.

Spring Photo Competition: Win up to £100 worth of J. Parker’s Vouchers

Our popular Spring Bulbs Photography competition returns for 2019, with another chance to win up to £100 worth of J Parker’s vouchers. All you have to do is share your best photographs of spring bulbs growing in your gardens this year. Here’s everything you need to know about our latest competition.

Last year we were so impressed by your entries that we awarded not one but TEN prizes to our top three winners. This year we’re offering the exact same prize; one gold prize of a £100 voucher, plus two winners of a silver prize of a £50 voucher and seven runners up awarded a prize of a £25 voucher.

1st Place – 1 winner of x Win £100 voucher for J Parkers

2nd Place – 2 winners of x Win £50 voucher for J Parkers

3rd Place – 7 winners of x Win £25 voucher for J Parkers

All entrants will also recieve a 15% discount for online orders when you enter, which will be valid until the end of June.

For a chance to win, simply send us your best spring flowering bulb photo so long as it is of your J. Parker’s products. The competition will run until 15th June 2019, so you’ll have plenty of time to snap those Daffodils and Tulips as they come into flower.

FACEBOOK Like our Facebook page and share your image to our page with the caption ‘Spring Competition entry’.

TWITTER Follow us at @JParkersBulbs and tag us in your photos with the hashtag #springcompetition

INSTAGRAM Follow us at @jparkersbulbs and tag us in your photos with the hashtag #springcompetition

EMAIL Email us at competition@jparkers.co.uk (Entry must be under 5mb – please include your name and postcode)

To get your discount code, simply enter in one of the above three ways. If you are entering by email, you should receive your discount code within 48 hours. If you have entered by Facebook or Twitter, please note we can only share our code via direct message.

Please note that we do expect a high volume of entrants, so if you haven’t received your discount code after 48 hours, please email us again at competition@jparkers.co.uk with your entry to request a code.

Please note that entries sent in over the weekend will receive their codes on Monday morning.

Your image can be of any spring flowering bulb, so long as it’s your own original image of a variety purchased from us. Examples include Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth, Iris, Muscari and many more, any J. Parker bulb in flower in your garden before 15th June 2019.

Here is last year’s winning photo; a stunning soft focus shot of some beautiful spring flowering Snowdrops taken by Gill K.

Its very difficult choosing a winner when we receive so many fantastic photos from all of your beautiful gardens. Previous winners have been chosen for their composition and quality, so get your photographers hat on! Here are last year’s runner up winners.

View Some of the Best entries from previous years.

Terms and Conditions for our 2019 Photo Competition include;

  • We will view all entries and any which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of up to £100 worth of J. Parker’s vouchers, plus an additional 2 prizes of £50 and 7 prizes of £25.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on social media or in print.
  • Entrants agree that their names may or may not be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • The winning entry will be judged on both the quality of the plant and the image. The Judge’s decision is final.
  • Ten winners will receive either a £100 (1), £50 (2) or £25 (7) voucher to spend on any products currently offered by J. Parker’s. This cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize.
  • All varieties of spring bulb will be considered, but only those purchased from J. Parker’s will qualify for the competition prizes.
  • Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (email under 5mb) or you can share it with us on our Twitter or Facebook page.
  • As an extra thank you all entries will receive a 15% discount on their next purchase, valid for three weeks. Enter this at basket stage to claim discount.
  • All entries will be considered, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Competition closes 15th June 2019. Winners will be notified by email before the 7th July 2019.

So send us your entries and good luck!

Competition Winners Announced

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who entered or shared our recent charity competition. We have been overwhelmed with the response and it has been a great pleasure to read about some of the amazing projects being undertaken around the country.

We received so many fantastic initiatives, so many in fact that we couldn’t choose just one winner. Last year we announced in a subscriber email that we selected three overall winners, to receive a large donation of bulbs towards their community project.

We also sent out an additional runners up prize to our top 30 entrants, all of whom were sent their prizes back in November. We regret that we couldn’t support everyone who got in touch, but we’re excited to see our bulbs used to brighten communities up and down the country.

Overall we were delighted to donate 25,000 Daffodils, 3000 Tulips and 1500 Alliums across 30 worthy community projects. You can read about some of these below, and lookout for more competitions coming this year.

Middle Street Community Gardening group

This Nottingham based gardening project is a fantastic initiative that supports people who have Mental Health Difficulties to be involved within all aspects of gardening and developing new skills.

They describe their garden as a ‘secret garden’ in the middle of town, a place that prides itself on having a warm and friendly atmosphere where all members of the community are welcome. Their team of volunteers strive to make sure there is a place to sit and read a book, have a picnic, play games, listen to music, write poetry, take photographs keep fit, paint and just feel connected to nature in a spiritual mindfulness way. They’re hoping a donation of bulbs will create a colourful palette for young and old to admire and appreciate and perhaps encourage wildlife to the kaleidoscope of colour which spring and summer bulbs create.

Growing Together Levenshulme

This lovely group is an entirely volunteer-ran, therapeutic horticulture project. Each week, around 30 asylum seekers and refugees from across Greater Manchester come together at their Levenshulme community allotment to learn and share skills, build a supportive community, and create a beautiful and relaxing garden.

We were thrilled to be able to donate bulbs that would help them reach out to the community and transform key areas with some much-needed spring colour.

We chose this entry as one of our favourites because of their positive community spirit and their enthusiasm to include everyone. Asylum seekers are often met with hostility, and one of their propositions was to approach places where members have instead experienced support or welcome, and ‘give back’ by running gardening activities to enhance their green spaces. It is their hope to use this as an opportunity to work directly with other community groups, breaking down barriers and building understanding and connections, through gardening together.

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One of our favourite entries came from the Meanwhile Gardens Community Association, who were hoping to improve the lives of locals in their community park.

Their gardens are located in North Kensington nestled between the Grand Union Canal and the famous Trellick Tower. The area offers a beautiful green space, as well as a free skate park and Playhut “Stay & Play” drop in.

Sadly our community was badly affected by the nearby Grenfell tower disaster and for many months the mood was sombre as the tragedy unfolded.  The area has been able to offer “Eco Therapy” gardening sessions in partnership with the local NHS Trust for refugees attending their Forced Migration Trauma Service, as some attendees have suffered extreme trauma and PTSD.

They aim to use their donation as part of a Community Bulb Planting Day, inviting the community to get involved. With the help of their small gardening team, including regular volunteers, they aim to put a smile on people’s faces again by interacting with friends and neighbours by planting and enjoying growing their own little bit of paradise.

Full List of Winners

1              Growing Together Levenshulme

2              Meanwhile Gardens Community Association

3              Middle Street Community Gardening group

4              YMCA Wirral

5              South Lincolnshire Blind Society

6              South Kintyre Development Trust

7              Chirnside Field of Hope

8              Chorley in Bloom

9              Glossop Community Allotment

10           Friends of Prescot Cemetery & Churchyard

11           WETRA Community Garden

12           The Conservation Foundation’s Unlocking Nature project

13           Edinburgh Care Home; ‘Inch View’

14           Springbank Road Community Garden

15           Friend of Glen Gardens

16           Floral Friends of Frampton

17           The Camden Society

18           Clem’s Garden CIC

19           Cherwell Wellbeing garden

20           Hall Cliffe Community Garden

21           Lochend Community Growing Project

22           Ryde community garden

23           Marple garden

24           Fruitful Abundance

25           St Barnabas Hospice

26           Tayport Community garden

27           Friends of Hermitage Park

28           Bordesley Green

29           Birkby Community Wildlife Garden

30           The Barge Memorial Garden

Competition Time: WIN a donation to your local community

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Do you have an idea for a project to improve your local area and include your local community? We want to help.

Whether it’s starting an allotment with your neighbours or helping cheer up some local land with spring bulbs, we’d love to hear your best ideas to improve your community with gardening. More than that – we want to help you make it a reality.

Gardening can bring people together and transform a neighbourhood – and here at J. Parker’s we want to support all your hard work. Tell us your idea for your local community and we’ll choose five of our favourites to donate what we can to help make it happen.

Big or small, simply write up your idea in under 250 words, detailing a project that would really help your community and send it to us to competition@jparkers.co.uk by 10th November 2017. Tell us how you would organise your project, how it would help your local area and how a donation of bulbs or plants from J. Parker’s would help.

We want to hear about your community and how our donation could help it thrive. Perhaps you want to raise that community spirit with a big gardening project or regenerate a local area, just tell us why you want to help and how you plan to pull it off and we’ll choose our favourite to support.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • We will view all entries and any which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of a donation of J. Parker’s products to go towards the project outlined in the entry.
  • Three winning entries will receive a donation of bulbs or plants from J. Parker’s for use in their proposed community project
  • Entries should be under 250 words. Images can be used so long as your entry email is less than 5mb in size.
  • Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them).
  • Entrants agree that their names and stories may be published publicly with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • Entrants agree that, should they be successful, their story and their project may be used in future for coverage on our blog and social channels.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on our blog, on social media or in print.
  • The winning entry will be judged on the criteria outlined below. The Judge’s decision is final.
  • The following criteria will be used to judge entries;
    • The idea itself, its practicality and how well it has been outlined by the entrant.
    • How the idea will benefit local communities and environments.
    • The originality of the idea and anything that sets it apart from other entrants.
  • The winners will receive a donation of J. Parker’s products with a value of up to £500 subject to available stock. This will be made up of products of our choosing based on the project described in the entry, cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize. This donation of products can only be used for the purpose outlined in your entry.
  • All entries will be considered. Competition closes 10th November 2017. Winners will be notified by email before the 20th November 2017.

 

And the Winners are….

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A huge congratulations to our competition winners!

We have had a phenomenal response to this year’s competition and the standards have been particularly high so a big thank you to everyone who entered – you made it very difficult for us to choose!

 

The Winners

Gold

Our Gold Prize of £100’s worth of J Parkers vouchers goes to Deborah Fox for this lovely group spring bulbs shot.

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Deborah Fox

Silver

Our Silver Prizes of £50’s worth of J Parkers Vouchers go to Jenna Sanders for her crocus shot, and to Kim Fletcher for her Allium and Snail image.

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Runners up

Our runners up will all receive a Bronze Prize of £25’s worth of J Parkers Vouchers. They are: Barry Roberts, Bellinda Ferretter, Hayley Bromley, Isabelle Johnson, Jay Rae, Patricia Baird and Teresa Sherman.

 

Once again a huge thank you to everyone who entered, you’ll be able to see lots more of the entries from this and previous years on our facebook and pinterest pages from next week.

 

Its competition time!

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We are thrilled to launch a brand new Spring Bulbs Photography competition for 2017. For your chance to win up to £100 worth of J Parker’s vouchers send us your best photographs of spring bulbs growing in your gardens this year.

 

Your image can be of any spring flowering bulb, so long as it’s your own original image of a variety purchased from us. Examples include Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth, Iris, Muscari and many more, any J. Parker bulb in flower in your garden before 30th June 2017.

 

For a little inspiration check out previous winners in our competition galleries for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

 

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How to enter

 

There are three ways to enter:

 

 

All entries will be considered and you can enter as many times as you wish before the competition deadline – Competition closes 30th June 2017. Winners will be notified by email before the 7th July 2017.

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  • We will view all entries and any which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of up to £100 worth of J. Parker’s vouchers.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on social media or in print.
  • Entrants agree that their names may be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • The winning entry will be judged on both the quality of the plant and the image. The Judge’s decision is final.
  • The winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend on any products currently offered by J. Parker’s. This cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize.
  • All varieties of spring bulb will be considered, but only those purchased from J. Parker’s will qualify for the competition prizes.
  • Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (email under 5mb) or you can share it with us on our Twitter or Facebook page.
  • As an extra thank you all entries will receive a 15% discount on their next purchase, valid for three weeks.
  • All entries will be considered, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Competition closes 30th June 2017. Winners will be notified by email before the 7th July 2017.

 

The results are in!

2016 Environmentally Friendly and Wildlife competition results!

 

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We have been really impressed by the huge variety of ideas to help local wildlife and fantastic environmentally friendly ideas, tips and projects submitted to our competition over the last few months – in fact we had so many great entries that we have decided to issue an extra 10 special runner up prizes along with our six winning entrants.

 

We’ll be sharing as many of your ideas as we can here over the next few weeks, but today we have the huge pleasure of announcing the winners and sharing their ideas!

 

 

Winner

Carole Ward – with her entry about the many ways she attracts wildlife to her garden

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Winner

Steve Bustin – with his entry on keeping chickens

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Runner up – Best Environmental Idea

Lee Hines – Environmentally friendly slug traps

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Runner up – Best Environmental Idea

Mary Levy – Recycling food waste

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Runner up – Best Wildlife Friendly Idea

Caroline Wimble – Wilfdlife friendly slug repelling invention

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Runner up – Best Wildlife Friendly Idea

Rebecca Chaudhruri – Hedgehogs
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Runners up

 

Andrew Charles Plantagenet Summers

Catherine Payne-Johnson

Chris Stephens

Irene Smith

Julian Bishop

Laura Ashworth

Marianne Robertson

Mary Cook

Peter Forest

Shelia Shaw

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A huge congratulations to all our winners.

 

 

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We will be sharing lots of the amazing entries we have received over the next few weeks including those from our ten runners-up…. so keep a look out!


 

Its competition time!

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We’re very excited about our Summer Competition. We’ll be sharing Environmentally friendly tips and ideas so get in touch for the chance to win prizes!

 

As we’re all becoming much more aware of our environment and local wildlife the interest in being environmentally friendly is increasing and the most exciting development has been the realisation that the best places to start is in your own back yard!

So in a change to our normal competition format this summer we are looking for your best environmentally friendly ideas, tips and garden experiments! You’ll find the full terms and conditions and how to enter at the bottom of this page.

You can find lots of plants that are useful for attracting butterflies and bees HERE.

 

In 2012 Dr. Nigel Dunnett filled the Olympic Park with wildflower meadows and a new craze was born. Councils all over the UK started filling roadside verges with wildflowers and you’ll have noticed they were all full of similar plant varieties.

 

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Keep local in mind.

Plants protect themselves from predators, understandably not wanting to be eaten! Local insects have spent millions of years evolving so that they can eat their local vegetation, and they will go on to be eaten by birds. Without the birds to eat the insects the harmful insects don’t get eaten, but without the insects the birds don’t come to the garden. Our Eco systems are fragile and take millions of years to establish. Exotic, foreign plants are great but plant some traditional ones as well!

Plant bigger trees if you have the space, conifers, beeches and birch trees are great, or grow fruit trees which will give you free fruit, food for insects and homes for birds!
Plant bigger trees if you have the space, conifers, beeches and birch trees are great, or grow fruit trees which will give you free fruit, food for insects and homes for birds!

Plant Trees!

Growing dense shrubs and trees is good for the environment in a number of ways. As well as cleaning the air buy turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, they are good for reducing noise pollution, great if you live near a busy road or motorway. Trees filter the air we breath, reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere which helps to protect the ozone layer. Trees also combat soil erosion, which has been a real issue with the flooding of recent years.

We’ve posted about composting and saving water before (SEE HERE) but how can we take it further – what about actually planting something to make a difference.

 

Plant drought resistant plants!

Once established lost of plants don’t require much water to thrive – Verbena, Hebe’s, Gazania’s, palms and some grasses are all great examples. My favourite drought tolerant plant is by far the incredibly useful Lavender plant. There are so many varieties on offer now and along with that heavenly scent, lavender is a huge bonus for bees and can even be dried and brought inside.

 

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To enter our competition with your ideas email competition@jparkers.co.uk and keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages as we will be announcing the winning entries and sharing as many of the best ideas as we can!

 

Summer Competition

Terms and Conditions:

  • Your written entry can be up to a maximum of 300 words.
  • You may enter a photo with your written entry, in fact we’d love that (!) but any photographs must be accompanied with a written entry – for example a brief description of your eco-friendly idea/tip.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on social media or in print.
  • Entrants also agree that their names may be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • The winning entry will be judged on both the quality of the plant and the image. The Judge’s decision is final.
  • The winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend on any products currently offered by J. Parker’s. This cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize.

Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (email under 5mb) or you can share it with us on our Facebook page.

The best entries will win up to £100 of J. Parkers vouchers and we will share all the best tips and advice on our website and social media so not only could you win a prize but you will also be helping us all to make the world a better place! So get in touch – we can’t wait to see your ideas.

As an extra thank you all entries will receive a 15% discount on their next purchase, valid for three weeks.

All entries will be considered, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Competition closes 30th September 2016 and winners will be notified by e-mail before 7th October 2016.

For a few eco-friendly tips and ideas to get you started check out our blog here.

Spring 2016 Photography Competition – the results are in!

Firstly a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who submitted. This year the standards were truly excellent and it was extremely difficult to pick between the fantastic entrants!  A big congratulations to our winners. Our first prize of £100 will be going to Mr. Edwards for his eye catching Tulips. Prizes of £25 each will be going to our runners up Ms. Baird for her Narcissi Rip Van Winkle, Ms. Lee with her Crocus, Ms. Ralph with her Mixed Tulips and Ms. Hughes for the best garden picture.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and keep checking back for more opportunities to win!

Spring Bulb Competition Gallery

Congratulations to our competition winners and runners up!

We’ve been thrilled with the quality and quantity of entries this year and would like to thank everyone who got involved. If you want to see the winners and other entrants you can head over to our Facebook page to see their fantastic photography shots.

Mr Dalton from Preston has won £50 worth of J. Parker’s vouchers in first place for his Freesia image, Ms Baird from Inverclyde has won a £25 voucher in second place for her Tulip Early Harvest variety whilst Miss Crawford from Tetbury has won a £25 voucher in third place for her white Narcissi image.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and keep checking back for more opportunities to win!