A new community fruit and vegetable growing competition has been launched in the district and parish and town councils are being invited to take part.

The Great Yorkshire Veg Off is a county-wide competition with categories for best village, best street, best school and best community group (including allotments).

Mike and Carole Bucktrout, former teachers from Hensall, have launched competition (backed by Selby District Council) which aims to encourage families and communities to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens and green spaces – turning Yorkshire into a huge fruit and vegetable plot.

Mike explained: “This is a simple way that families and communities can produce fruit and vegetables to eat and cut their food bills. It has the added bonus of being fantastic for the environment.

“If every home in the Selby district alone planted two fruit trees, it would mean an extra 84,000 trees, which would be amazing!”

The competition is free to enter from now until September 30th, 2020. The winners will be announced at the end of October with each category receiving a commemorative plaque. There are no complicated entry forms – simply send in your photos, stories and information about your plot.

As well as inviting parish and town councils to take part, if you could share this information with your residents through your websites and newsletters it would be appreciated. We’ve included a poster that can be used on your noticeboards.

For more details and to register your interest visit: www.letslookafterourplanet.com.