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CGS Photographic Competition

New for 2016, the Cottage Garden Society announces an annual photographic competition for members.

If one of your new year's resolutions was to do something different, then how about sending in a photo for the competition?  It doesn't have to be taken with a special camera or even in colour.  I'm sure that many members will have some lovely photos of their garden plants or wild life.

Please send them to us (details here) so that we can show what being a cottage gardener means to each of us.  So never mind the weather, get out there and see what you can do.


Good luck to everyone!   Patricia Foster, Chair.


Thu 14th Jan 2016, 09:49

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