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South Kesteven District Council launches Best Kept Village Awards

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The search is on for the best kept village in South Kesteven.

All villages will be automatically inspected, with judging scheduled for July on key village facilities, grounds maintenance and street scene, and front gardens.

Best Kept Village winners gather for the 2021 awards ceremony. (56460796)
Best Kept Village winners gather for the 2021 awards ceremony. (56460796)

Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, the district council’s cabinet member for culture and visitor economy, said: “I am delighted to see our awards launched again for this year.

“Meeting our winners last year illustrated how much these awards are appreciated, and the amount of work put in to keep our villages looking so attractive. We owe thanks to all those who work so hard within their communities.”

There are two categories: small villages (100 to 500 residents) and medium (501 to 5,000 residents).

Winning villages will receive cheques of £400 for the top award, £300 for second and £200 for third, paid to the parish council responsible for the village.

Category winners will also get a certificate and top prize winners a golden litter bin.

Judges will include representatives from the Lincolnshire Gardens Trust and will assess the village centre along with the main roads in and out ­— up to the village name signs ­— with villages visited by a mystery shopper from SKDC.

Only one village per parish will be eligible for a prize and only measures that are readily visible will be assessed.

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