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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Kim Fletcher

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!

 

 

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

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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!

Win £100 worth of vouchers

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We were so thrilled with the response to last year’s Daffodil Photography Competition, that we are offering a second chance to win a £100 voucher to spend on J. Parker’s products.

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 14th June 2016.

To enter, you can share your image on our Facebook page, follow and tweet us @JParkersBulbs or e-mail it to us (along with your post code) to the address competition@jparkers.co.uk
All entries will be considered, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Competition closes 14th June 2016 and winners will be notified by e-mail before 26th June 2016.

To view some of last year’s entrants, please click here..

1. To enter the competition, please use one of three methods;

A) Share your image on our J. Parker’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jparkers.co.uk),
B) Tweet your image to @Jparkersbulbs on Twitter
C) E-mail your entry under 5mb to us at competition@jparkers.co.uk

2. We will view all entries and any which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of £100 worth of J. Parker’s vouchers.

3. All entries must be original images, taken by the entrant, of Bulbs in flower purchased from J. Parker’s in the past. 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.

4. Entrants also agree that their names may be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.

5. The winning entry will be judged on both the quality of the plant and the image. The Judge’s decision is final.

6. All varieties of Daffodils and Narcissi will be considered, but only those purchased from J. Parker’s will qualify for the competition prizes.

7. 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.