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Crawley garden centre asks residents to ‘Name the Rose’

Haskins’ popular ‘Name the Rose’ competition is back and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public.

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To celebrate one of the UK’s favourite flowers, Haskins Garden Centre has re-launched an exclusive ‘Name the Rose’ competition across all four of its centres.

The competition, which is now open, closes on Saturday March 31. Crawley residents and Haskins customers are encouraged to visit haskins.co.uk/rose-of-the-year and fill in the entry form for the chance to win the rose and see the name used in all Haskins’ centres.

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This year’s rose is a scented floribunda with apricot coloured semi-double flowers. The rose produces sprays of flowers from June to September, growing up to heights of 1.5m. The variety is fully hardy and can handle full sun and partial shade. This particular rose grows on average 25 petals each.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, said:

“This was one of our most popular competitions last year, with over 400 entries and we are delighted to bring it back for 2018. The rose is such a versatile flower and means so many different things to people. Suiting any type of garden, the rose is grown in a vast amount of colours and varieties.”

The winner of the competition will be notified by the end of April and will be invited into their local centre and presented with the rose.

The garden centre group’s renowned Rose Festival returns from May 17 to July 26 and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public. Haskins will also sell 200 other types of roses, including the new range of roses from Peter Beales Roses and David Austin Roses.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins’ in-house plant expert, said:

“Roses are hungry plants that respond well to generous feeding. They grow well in almost any well drained soil and benefit from a mulch of well-rotted manure during the winter.

“To keep the rose in good condition, regular dead heading is advised. Ideally, roses should be planted in an area exposed to sunlight, but with partial shade.”

Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton as well as Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit www.haskins.co.uk

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Have a ‘crack’ for local charities to win BIG

Many locals will be heading to Horsham to try and crack a safe which will win them a prize worth over £25,000.

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Just like in Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job, visitors to Horsham town centre in West Sussex will be able to try their hand at cracking a safe on Saturday 15 September for the chance to win an incredible prize – a luxurious new caravan worth over £25,000.

The competition is being organised by Roundstone Caravans – one of the UK’s only remaining independent and family-run caravan businesses – to celebrate the arrival of their new Compass range of touring caravans.

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Throughout the day, in Horsham’s Carfax market area, visitors will have the opportunity to crack the six-digit code on the safe. If the winning combination is entered, the safe will ping open and the keys to the entrant’s new Compass Camino 550 caravan will await.

Whilst the competition is free to enter, Roundstone Caravans is encouraging participants to make a small donation of their choice to Horsham’s Rotary Club, which helps charities and local families across the county.

Rosie Kent, owner of Roundstone Caravans and great-granddaughter of John William Whitehouse, who founded the business in 1930, said:

“We are very excited to be running this competition to celebrate the arrival of our new Compass caravan range and help raise vital funds for local charities. It’s a huge prize to win and hopefully we will be able to give one lucky person the chance to experience the joys of exploring the UK (and even the world) and most importantly help them create lots of wonderful new travel memories.

“On the day, not only are we running this competition but we will also be giving away a number of free treats to Horsham visitors and displaying one of our new Compass caravan models. As many people have never considered caravanning before – not realising how the vehicles have evolved over the years and now feature so many of the creature comforts we can no longer leave behind – this is a great opportunity for inquisitive shoppers to explore the new models and see just what they have to offer.”

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