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Everything's coming up roses for garden competition winners

The Tenants' & Leaseholders' Garden Competition 2018 was another blooming success.

Garden Competition 2018

The annual competition, run by Uttlesford District Council and sponsored this year by Foster Property Maintenance, was open to all council tenants and leaseholders and drew lots of entries in the categories of Best Garden, Best Hanging Basket/Tub, Best Communal Garden, and Tallest Sunflower.

The Best Garden, Best Hanging Basket/Tub, and Bests Communal Garden winners were presented with their prizes by Cllr Julie Redfern, Cabinet Member for Housing, and Mark Edwards of Foster.

The garden competition was judged by David Wise, the council's grounds maintenance supervisor. David said: "We had so many entries and any number could have won - although we do have some very worthy winners. Thank you to everyone who entered and for sharing their gardens with us, and thank you to Foster for sponsoring the competition and offering their support."

This year's winners were:

  • Best Garden - This award went to Little Hallingbury resident Nancy Englefield whose garden was chosen for its variation, colour and scents - and the fact it's a haven for bees and butterflies. Nancy received a cherry tree and a £50 garden centre voucher. She said: "It's not a show garden, and I like to let things grow where they grow. I am very pleased and very surprised to have won."
  • Best Hanging Basket/Tub - Elizabeth Dunn, of Saffron Walden, won this category for her clever use of fence posts as the spine for tubs full of colour. Elizabeth received a £50 vuucher and a fig tree. She said: "I honestly never thought I would win and this is a real confidence booster. A lot of hard work has gone into the garden and we really enjoy it."
  • Best Communal Garden - This award went to the residents of Newcroft sheltered housing scheme, Saffron Walden for the effort that had gone in to creating such a beautiful space for all the residents. Barry Richardson and John Howlett accepted the prize of £100 voucher on behalf of the residents.
  • Tallest Sunflower- Five-year-old Chester Dennis, of Dunmow, won the under-16 award with a sunflower that just topped 2m. Elizabeth Dunn scooped the adult award thanks to her 2.84m tall sunflower. Both were presented with £25 vouchers, whilst Chester was also given some chocolates for his super effort!
Best garden
Best garden
Best pot or tub
Best pot or tub
Tallest sunflower (adult)
Tallest sunflower (adult)
Tallest sunflower (U16)
Tallest sunflower (U16)
Communal garden
Communal garden

20 August 2018