TV presenter and former Sun page three model Melinda Messenger is fronting a campaign to find the best garden landscaping job in Melton.
Travis Perkins, which has a timber and builders’ merchants store in the town, is launching High 5, a campaign that celebrates excellence in professional landscaping in Britain.
The best entry from Melton, as judged by a panel of experts, will be in with a chance of being awarded Best Landscape Job in Central England.
Winners will get a weekend away for two and a personal High 5 Melinda, a presenter on the Channel 5 ‘Cowboy Builders’ show, at a celebratory lunch at Kensington Roof Gardens in September.
Melinda Messenger said: “Over the years, I’ve had brilliant experiences of tradesmen working with me. Yet there are so many cowboy tradesmen out there.
“I’m working with Travis Perkins on the High 5 project to find the people who are getting it right and show everyone just how valuable the landscape gardener is in making Britain a green and pleasant land.
“A good landscape gardener can transform even the smallest space into something interesting. Someone who can utilise the space imaginatively and really listen to what their client needs, is what we’re looking for.
“We’re looking for examples of great landscaping work. It could be the creation of an all-weather seating area, a structure added to a bland landscape, a lawn that gives Wembley a run for its money or simply a driveway packed with personality using inventive paving.
“I’ll be looking for innovation, creativity and imagination from the entries - a space that I’d want to go into. In addition, there will have to be a mix of textures and materials that work well together, it should be a low maintenance garden, but done brilliantly.”
Lucy Miller, of Travis Perkins, said: “The trade has been badly hit by the recession, but there is an overwhelming sense of optimism right now and property owners are starting to invest in their homes once more. A good landscape gardener treats the garden like an outside room, putting together a comprehensive spec that uses high quality trade products to create an interesting space that meets the clients needs.”
Nominations must come from the client by Monday August 17, but landscapers can encourage an entry by handing out a nomination card that can be collected from the town’s Travis Perkins branch, on Leicester Road Industrial Estate, but entries can also be submitted online at www.travisperkins.co.uk/competitions