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.


flower verges


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.


Lavender + bee


To enter our competition with your ideas email 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 (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.

26 thoughts on “Its competition time!”

  1. If you really want to attract birds to your garden then spend a little extra on good quality food. Cheap fatballs for example are often bulked up with sawdust and are therefore left uneaten. Good quality balls with extra fat will have birds swarming all over them.

  2. To customer services manager it is a week since I sent you an e-mail complaining about the quality of the plant that you had sent as part of the order I had placed with your company and as yet I have I have had no reply from you with regards to my complaints why is it taking so long address the situation? Hoping for a reply soon.
    Yours truly,
    Mr Reginald Hill

    1. Hi Mr Hill,

      I’m very sorry you haven’t had a reply to you email. I’m afraid I can’t find a record of the email itself – would you be able to resend it to us? Please email it to and I have passed your name to our customer services manager so she will be looking out for it.

      Many Thanks

  3. You can easily make a B&B for Bees by cutting a large plastic bottle in half making sure it is cut both ends so your left with approx. 8 inch tube, then thread string or wire through tube, and fill with twigs and cut off bamboo parts making sure twigs are well tucked in to plastic and smaller than plastic container thus protecting them from rain and frost etc, then with wire or string already threaded through hang some where high and away from predators. Makes a great home for my bees and as a care worker I am on a tight budget so is worth knowing for all of you out there that take pleasure in making your own Bee B&B. And it works.

    1. This is a great tip Tony, thanks. Do you keep horses your self? Am intrigued as to where you recommend getting the manure from?

      To get 15% off your next order email your tip to and we’ll send it through.

  4. I don’t have a problem with slugs and snails in my garden. First I keep the top of my compost bin full of offcuts and deadheaded material from plants they munch anyway. I keep a container for those specifically so I can top up the compost bin. Second Snails always return to where they were born if they were born in the compost bin that’s where they’ll return every evening. Here’s how to get rid of them without toxic chemicals.
    You’ll need: Organic Porridge oats – Carrier or other bags and/or glass jars which won’t leach toxins into the soil and don’t break down so last for ever if they don’t get broken.
    To use the Jar method. Cut out a few largish circles out of any waterproof material (Dinner plate size will do to protect from rain and watering) Take a glass jar and bury it with about 2″ above the soil and add organic porridge oats. Then place the circle of plastic over the jar and hold down loosely with stones leaving enough room for them to get in. Check periodically for mould wash the jar and replace. An easier way is to place carrier bags around the garden held down so they don’t blow around particularly round the opening and throw in some oats. Needless to say the oats rehydrate inside them but because the oats are organic wildlife can still eat them without harm. To get rid of bugs fill a spray bottle with used dishwater and spray affected plants. Apparently Coke works as a pesticide too so if you have some that’s gone flat keep it for the bugs.

    1. Hi Liz,

      These are great tips – thank you! If you would like to enter your advice into our competition please email it to and we’ll send you a 15% discount voucher to spend on your next order.


  6. Controlled plant watering:
    When planting shrubs or thirsty plants, dig a larger hole and sink a good size empty plane pot next to root ball, secure in place so top is level with soil. This way you are watering directly to the root system. You will only need to water weekly as water is stored in damp deep soil not on the surface where it ivaporates from heat and more often wind.
    This system saves on an irrigation system and you can use stored water in butts and a simple watering can.

  7. crush up garlic,put it in a pan with water,boil it for about 10mins,then let it all cool down..using a sieve pour it into an old spray gun and spray all your cabbage /sprouts seedlings.Even if the white butterfly lays her eggs on your young plants..the caterpillars won’t eat the plants..,cos they don’t like the taste of garlic!!The only down side of this is that your cabbages might taste a bit of garlic..but that,sa not really a problem.

    1. That’s a great tip Christina – quite a fan of garlic myself!

      If you would like to claim a 15% discount off your next order with us please email your tip to and we’ll send you a discount code.

  8. I use the clear plastic cartons that you by grapes in at the supermarket, putting one on top of the other makes an excellent free propagator.

  9. I sprinkle loose tea around my garden, also the potted shrubs. Seems to work a treat, as everything looks so healthy. I enjoy a cuppa and the plants gain too.

  10. hi, to get an early start with my veg, I use old squash bottles, the 5 ltr square type..cut the bottom off & use to cover seedlings, makes akout 2-3 weeks difference,,in getting them in the garden, u can take the tops off to water & for ventilation, keeps pests off as well,also I have some large water containers the type u find in offices, much lager, they couldn’t be refilled as they had a split in, but ideal for larger plants,ie:- sprouts, both can be left for up to 6 weeks until they start to pop out the top,, & they are free,,

    1. Hi Cath,

      Thanks for the tip – if you would like to enter the competition for a chance to win up to £100’s of J Parker’s Vouchers and to get %15 off your next order please email your tip to and we’ll send you a discount code.

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