Celeb on the hunt for top local garden

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Cowboy Builder presenter Melinda Messenger is fronting a campaign to find the best landscaping job in Arbroath.

Local timber and builders merchants Travis Perkins are launching High 5, a campaign that celebrates the very best in professional landscaping in Britain.

The best entry from Arbroath will be in with a chance of being awarded Best Landscape Job in Scotland.

Keith Webb, branch manager at Arbroath said: “As they say ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’! There is definitely potential from Arbroath and the local area to win it.

“It’s open to everyone who comes in, trade or non-trade, all the details are in the trade magazine if you want to take part.”

The best of the best in Scotland, Wales, Northern, Central and Southern England will form the Travis Perkins High 5, each winning a weekend away for two and a personal High 5 from TV presenter Melinda at a celebratory lunch at Kensington Roof Gardens in September 2015.

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 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. We’re looking for examples of great landscaping work. It could be the creation of an all-weather seating area, structure added to a bland landscape or simply a driveway packed with personality using inventive paving. I’ll be looking for innovation, creativity and imagination from the entries.

Lucy Miller of Travis Perkins added: “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. It’s all about giving the tradesman a ‘High 5’ for a job well done.” Nominations must come from the client by August 17, but landscapers can encourage an entry by handing out a nomination card from the Arbroath branch. Entries can also be submitted at www.travisperkins.co.uk/competitions. The competition is only open to Travis Perkins account holders.