How a good garden could help you sell your house

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Fine & Country has announced the winner of the Fine & Country Gardening competition is Lindy Ruston, of Lane End Cottage in Cambridgeshire.

Her beautiful landscaped garden with an array of colourful plants has earned her the accolade of having the best garden for sale in the UK.

The competition was part of a national campaign to seek out the best garden on sale in the UK and highlight the importance of garden presentation when selling your home.

The competition was open to all vendors with homes currently on the market but co-ordinated and run by Fine & Country (www.fineandcountry.com). The lucky green-fingered winner received two VIP hospitality tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday May 24, presented to her at the renowned event by guest judge Martyn Cox, gardening columnist for the Mail On Sunday.

The competition ran on the Fine & Country Facebook page and showcased entries from all over the nation, split into five price categories.

One finalist from each category was voted for by Facebook users, as well as judged by Bill McClintock, head of the Ombudsman Scheme of Estate Agents anda keen gardener.

The winner from each category was then further judged by gardening guru Martyn Cox, who decided on the overall winner as Lane End Cottage - which featured in the over £1.5m category.

The garden is due to feature in the next edition of ‘Finer’ magazine – Fine & Country’s regional publication distributed throughout the UK to selected Fine & Country offices.

Martyn said: “I thought this garden showed inventive use of planting, combining traditional plants with a funky, modern palette.

“I found the garden very inviting which consisted of hidden areas and different rooms. It felt like it was loved by the owners and was very well maintained.”

Winner Lindy Ruston said: “I believe that a beautiful garden is a valuable asset to a home which gives enjoyment every day. I am honoured to be recognised as the Fine & Country Gardening competition winner.”

Sam Funnell of Fine & Country Rugby said: “The competition was a great opportunity for us to celebrate and share with others the exceptional homes with fantastic gardens currently on the market throughout the UK. It highlighted the importance of carefully preparing your garden for sale and how a well maintained garden can add value to your home. We look forward to seeking future gardens from vendors in our local area for the competition next year. ”