Loughborough Echo

Growing interests rewarded



SEVERAL council tenants have received awards for their gardening talents in an annual competitio­n.

The tenant garden competitio­n, run by Charnwood Borough Council, was split into six different categories, to showcase gardens of all shapes and sizes.

Overall, there were 28 entries in this year’s competitio­n and the four tenant judges, who had the tough task of choosing this year’s winners, praised the contestant­s for their high standard and the hard work.

High street vouchers were awarded to the winners and runnersdur­ing the event at Loughborou­gh Town Hall on Thursday, September 30.

The awards were handed out by Councillor Paul Baines, the Mayor of Charnwood. He said: “It is such an honour to hand out awards to tenants who have spent so much time maintainin­g and taking pride in their gardens and communal areas.

“I would like to thank and congratula­te them for all their efforts”

The categories for this year’s competitio­n included best hanging basket or balcony, best communal garden, best sheltered court garden and best house or flat garden. There were also two categories which have only been running for their second year, which were best newcomer and best fruit and vegetable garden.

Coun James Poland, lead member for public housing, said: “It is fantastic to see so many entries and all the hard work that tenants have put into their gardens during what has been a difficult time.

“Gardening has been a great escape for people during the pandemic and it’s brilliant to see what they have achieved.

“It was a shame we could not hold the competitio­n last year, however it was certainly worth the wait with all the gardens entered being at such a high standard. Congratula­tions to all of the winners and everyone who has taken part-in this year’s competitio­n.”

The winners for 2021 were:

Best hanging basket or balcony: Joint first place: John Allen and Mrs Landers and Mrs Jacobson

Second place: Mr Kevin Poole Third place: Jemma Barnett

Communal garden:

First place: Mr & Mrs Barradell Second place: Mr Onslow Third place: Mr Pipes

Sheltered court garden:

First place: Arnold Smith Shepshed

Second place: Loughborou­gh

Third place: St. Pauls Court, Syston

House or flat garden:

First place: Michael Taylor Second place: Mr Miles




Third place: Mr & Mrs Pipes

Best newcomer:

First place: June Letten Second place: Mr & Mrs Reeves Third place: Debbie Newton

Fruit and vegetable garden:

First place: Lisa Davies

Last year, the competitio­n was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, tenants were encouraged to send in photos of their gardens last year, which were published in Your Homes Matter, the council’s newsletter for tenants.

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