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Time is running out for Chester-le-Street residents hoping to win recognition for their gardening skills.

The deadline for entries to Chester’s Best, a competition celebrating floral displays and environmental improvements in the Chester-le-Street area, is this Friday (16 June).

The overall objective of the competition, organised as a partnership scheme between Durham County Council and the Chester-le-Street District Area Action Partnership, is to create a better and more attractive environment, which residents and visitors alike can enjoy.

The competition is open to individuals, allotment holders, groups and businesses.

Categories include: best business frontage/floral display, best group project to improve an area, best neighbourhood area, best residential garden and best individual allotment plot.

Judging will take place during August, and a special awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 14 September.

Entry is free and entry forms can be downloaded at

Entrants can also email or call 03000 261 000 to request a postal entry form.

Paper entry forms are also available to collect from the One Point Hub, Burns Green, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QH.