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Photo competition launched to capture Cheltenham’s beautiful urban meadows

PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 17 July 2015

Among the flowers | Photo by Laura Carter

Among the flowers | Photo by Laura Carter

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Cheltenham Borough Council are launching a photography competition, encouraging residents to submit their photographs of the regency town’s urban meadows.

Poppies blooming in Cheltenham | Photo by Laura CarterPoppies blooming in Cheltenham | Photo by Laura Carter

Cheltenham’s urban meadows are beginning to flower and promise to be even bigger and better this year. Following the positive response from residents last summer, when the meadows were increased from 7,500 square metres to 75,000 square metres, large swathes will soon be in bloom for 2015.

Cheltenham Borough Council have launched a photography competition to celebrate the town’s urban meadows, with prizes of wildflower seeds and canvas prints of winning submissions. A selection of the top photos will be displayed online and on the council’s Flickr stream. Photos can be submitted in three categories: wildlife in the wildflowers, families enjoying the displays, capturing the flowers at their location (images that show where they are in the borough), and the competition is restricted to amateur photographers only.

Enjoying the wildflowers in Pittville Park | Photo by Laura CarterEnjoying the wildflowers in Pittville Park | Photo by Laura Carter

Janice Peacey, community ranger, explained: “We had so many positive comments and photos sent in about our urban meadows project last summer that this year we have increased the size of the meadows again wherever possible.

“Cheltenham has many green open spaces and by increasing the number and size of flower meadows across the town we help the wildlife; from insects through to birds, as well as providing visually appealing views for the parks users and visitors.

“We’d love residents to capture the meadows and show us from their perspective what the meadows mean to them, and thought it would be really fun to run a photo competition. It would be great to see a range of different photographs, for example, wildlife in the wildflowers; families enjoying the displays; or capturing the flowers at their location (not just close-ups of the flowers but images that show where they are in the borough).”

Running between the cosmos in Pittville Park | Photo by Laura CarterRunning between the cosmos in Pittville Park | Photo by Laura Carter

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for green environment says: “It is great to see that the urban meadows project has been embraced so whole-heartedly by local residents. I would like to congratulate the council officers who were involved in the planting - they have done a fantastic job in adding colour to the town. Good luck to all those taking part in our photo competition!”

To find out more and to enter the competition, visit the website: www.cheltenham.gov.uk/wildflowerphotos fill in the consent form and email the form with your photographs to greenspacedevelopment@cheltenham.gov.uk (total email size should not exceed 20MB). Age ranges for the photograph competition are budding photographers (under the age of 14) and adults (entrants must be over the age of 14 by the closing date).

The competition runs from Friday 17 July until 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2015

Poppies in the urban meadows of Pittville Park | Photo by Laura CarterPoppies in the urban meadows of Pittville Park | Photo by Laura Carter

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