“I LIKE gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.”

I tend to agree with Alice Sebold on this and I am sure I am not alone in Barnsley.

This is why we are starting the search for the town’s best gardens and gardeners.

But we need your help to nominate the green-fingered Gods and Goddesses whose garden is just that little bit extra special. Whose borders are beautiful? Who prunes to perfection? Who really knows their dahlias from their daisies?

It does not have to be a huge manicured garden with overflowing flower beds.

Has somebody you know got creative with a small space? Maybe someone has a houseplant obsession.

Do you never need to go vegetable shopping because a neighbour regularly drops off a bounty?

We want to find the Monty Don of the Dearne or the Alan Titchmarsh of Thurgoland.

We will consider all contenders and then feature the best in the newspaper in the coming weeks before opening it up to an online public vote.

You can send in your nominations, with photos and contact details, to ashley.ball@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk