Sunday Mirror

Give it a glow

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BRIGHT IDEA Dave Nutt’s win­ning ef­fort last year

Christ­mas has been on ev­ery­one’s mind this week, with wor­ries that we might not be see­ing our loved ones. So there is more rea­son than ever to spread some cheer where you can.

Over the past seven months, mil­lions of peo­ple have turned to their gar­dens and lo­cal out­door spa­ces for respite and so­lace. And you can con­tinue that into win­ter.

My bril­liant Il­lu­mi­na­tion Street cam­paign, which we launched last year, is pick­ing up to­day where our Cul­ti­va­tion Street con­test left off, in­spir­ing Brits to make the most of the out­doors.

It’s all about us­ing gar­dens as the foun­da­tion for a fes­tive foun­tain of colour and light.

Il­lu­mi­na­tion Street, sup­ported this year by the

Bri­tish Gar­den Cen­tre group, gives ev­ery­one the chance to show­case their ef­forts and en­cour­age oth­ers out­doors.

We have £5,000 worth of Bri­tish Gar­den Cen­tre group gift vouch­ers to be won for the very best ef­forts.

So pretty soon gar­dens will go from blooms to ( light) bulbs, with the fes­tive sea­son upon us.

En­tries last year were stun­ning and a real tes­ta­ment to com­mu­nity spirit.

Il­lu­mi­na­tion Street

Week will take place from De­cem­ber 7 to 13, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to share their dis­plays across so­cial me­dia.

Last year we saw some in­cred­i­ble en­tries, many help­ing char­i­ties as well as mak­ing passersby smile. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds was raised through Il­lu­mi­na­tion Street dis­plays.

Dave Nutt, of Sut­ton Cold­field, West Mids, the 2019 Small Front Gar­den Dis­play win­ner, said: “I have done lights on the house for more

WICKED SWITCH

TUN­NEL VI­SION Third prize in the large cat­e­gory

than 35 years. I was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in 2015 so I started rais­ing money for the char­ity.”

We know gar­den sow­ing isn’t a top pri­or­ity in De­cem­ber – but what about glow­ing? And there are many ways to brighten things up with sim­ple dec­o­ra­tions.

You could en­twine lights through the trel­lis or around the canes to add a mag­i­cal el­e­ment to your gar­den. Or try adorn­ing fences or walls in a sim­i­lar fash­ion. If you don’t have out­side power, try so­lar power in­stead.

There are cat­e­gories in Il­lu­mi­na­tion Street to suit ev­ery­one.

Trans­form your front lawn into a Santa’s Grotto for the Large Out­door

Dis­play cat­e­gory, where you can win your share of £1,600 worth of Bri­tish Gar­den Cen­tre group gift vouch­ers.

This cat­e­gory is for the ‘go big or go home’ type, the eye-catch­ers of the street who bring won­der to all who walk past. First prize: £1,000, sec­ond: £500, third: £100.

The Small Out­door Dis­play cat­e­gory is for those who want a more sub­tle yet equally breath­tak­ing ap­proach. Whether your gar­den is drip­ping with string lights, or you have a smaller dis­play with Santa on his sleigh, you can take home some big prizes for your small dis­play.

First prize: £1,000, sec­ond prize: £500, third prize: £100.

What can re­ally make an im­pact is a neigh­bour­hood com­ing to­gether and dec­o­rat­ing the out­side of their homes to fit a spe­cial theme. If this sounds up your street, then Best Com­mu­nity Dis­play cat­e­gory is for you. Last year we even saw en­trants fea­tur­ing more than 40 con­sec­u­tive bright and beau­ti­ful houses, as well as com­mu­nity gar­dens trans­formed into win­ter won­der­lands.

If you’re all in it to­gether, en­ter this cat­e­gory. First prize: £500, sec­ond: £250, third: £100.

The Best Front Door cat­e­gory is for those who put that ex­tra bit of sparkle into their wel­come. We want to see how the na­tion blings up their doors with wreaths and dec­o­ra­tions to make it a fo­cal point for Christ­mas dis­plays.

This cat­e­gory of­fers you two chances to win – not only do we put the short­listed en­tries to the judg­ing panel, we also al­low the pub­lic to vote on them.

Judges’ ver­dict first prize: £ 100, sec­ond: £50, third: £25. Pub­lic vote first prize: £100, sec­ond: £50, third: £25.

Last but not least is the Best Chil­dren’s Dis­play. We’re ask­ing you to get your chil­dren in­volved in cre­at­ing a mag­i­cal Christ­mas dis­play.

We want to feel the magic of the sea­son from those who love it most, the lit­tle ones. Let their imag­i­na­tions run wild – we can’t wait to see what they come up with.

As with the pre­vi­ous cat­e­gory there are two chances to win. Judges’ ver­dict first prize: £100, sec­ond: £75, third: £50 and 10 run­ners-up prizes of £25. Pub­lic vote first prize: £100, sec­ond: £50 and third: £25.

Il­lu­mi­na­tion Street en­tries are open to­day and close on De­cem­ber 13 at mid­night. We can’t wait to see the daz­zling dis­plays you cre­ate.

To en­ter yours, visit il­lu­mi­na­tion­street. com, where you’ ll find fun Christ­mas re­sources too.

Good luck.

 ??  ?? BEST BULBS Big win­ner for a large dis­play last win­ter
BEST BULBS Big win­ner for a large dis­play last win­ter
 ??  ?? WATT A WEL­COME Best front door and com­mu­nity
WATT A WEL­COME Best front door and com­mu­nity

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