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Illumination Street Winners 2019

By Caitlin Bellamy | 23rd December 2019

This Christmas, people up and down the country have been bedecking and bedazzling their homes to enter the Illumination Street competition, sponsored by Safestyle UK and the brainchild of David Domoney – Chartered Horticulturist – all in an effort to brighten up Britain’s streets this Christmas. The campaign has taken the nation by storm, with…

Community Christmas trees – Sunday Mirror

By Caitlin Bellamy | 5th December 2019

This year, IncludeMe2 – a community garden based at Reidvale Allotments, in Glasgow – decided to put together a Christmas display to uplift the local neighbourhood. As the plot is home to wild birds and winter-growing veggies, volunteers work right up until Christmas Day. So, this year,  they’ve incorporated a festive display this year to…

Taking photos for your entry

By Caitlin Bellamy | 4th December 2019

Photos are a major part of any competition submission. Whether you are a school/community garden or an ambassador it is essential to get a great set of photos that clearly depict what it is you do! We have put together our 5 top tips (with examples), for improving your images and getting your message across.…

Illumination Street – a chance for everyone to shine

By Caitlin Bellamy | 4th December 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and here at Illumination Street, we want to celebrate the incredible work that goes into lighting up home fronts for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy! Through our national competition, we aim to reward these spectacular demonstrations of Christmas cheer with cash prizes up for grabs, and anyone…

Winter crops for Christmas – Sunday Mirror

By Caitlin Bellamy | 3rd December 2019

Winter crops for Christmas When it comes to overwintering vegetables, don’t feel penned in by plummeting temperatures and get experimenting instead! There are a lot of winter outdoor crops you can plant outdoors in readiness to produce nutritious harvests when it comes to next year. Growing your own is a great way to get out…

How to write a winning competition entry

By Caitlin Bellamy | 3rd December 2019

You have already done all the hard work by creating your Christmas display – so entering our competition is the easy bit! Here are some top tips to write a show-stopping entry. You don’t need to be a confident writer, you just need to tell us about your display in a way that captures the…

Growing bulbs over Christmas – Sunday Mirror

By Caitlin Bellamy | 13th November 2019

Growing bulbs over Christmas Grow bulbs over Christmas and it gives the kids a project to get their teeth in and something to look forward to after the festivities are through. Three bulb categories that are particularly pretty are: Amaryllis These are one of the most spectacular bulbs you can get, they can be up…

Festoon in festive colour

By Caitlin Bellamy | 13th November 2019

Festoon in festive colour When it comes to putting on daring demonstrations of festive colour, there’s nothing quite light Blackpool Illuminations, which is the world’s number one free light show. Throngs of people take to the streets to witness the incredibly colourful displays and you can create the same magic at home too. Here are…

Considerations to crafts at Christmas

By Caitlin Bellamy | 30th October 2019

Considerations to crafts at Christmas Christmas is a fantastic time to engage the family in being creative. The very idea of decorating your house lends itself to a plethora of possibilities for a little bit of DIY and oodles of imagination. Don’t forget though, that when you’re adorning your displays, you need to be mindful…

Types of Christmas lights

By Caitlin Bellamy | 24th October 2019

Types of Christmas lights When decking out your outdoors with delightful lighting displays, it’s best to first get to grips with all the products out there. Choosing with one to go with, will depend on 5 things: Your budget; do you want to splash out on incandescent lights or stick to LEDs? Your display’s design;…

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