Growing interests rewarded
TENANTS ARE AWARDED FOR GARDENING IN COUNCIL COMPETITION
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
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
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.