Garden Competition 2018
The judges visited all Garden Competition entrants to view their gardens and had a difficult time selecting the winners, due to the high standard of entries. The judges have been to visit the winners to present them with their certificates and prizes.
Best Individual Garden - Mr & Mrs Isaacs, Beeston
The judges felt that the garden space was creatively used, with something different to see the more they looked around it. The garden is zoned into different areas, with a patio seating area with raised beds, moving onto a herb garden and pond, with a grass area and more seating to follow the sun throughout the day. The judges also liked the use of planting and features to attract wildlife into the garden. Mr and Mrs Isaacs were so pleased with the news they had won they have installed a blue plaque in their garden to highlight their success.
Best Communal Garden - Mrs Harris, Chilwell
The judges felt that this was an established, colourful and well maintained space to sit out in and be enjoyed by all residents benefiting from this garden. The time and effort put into the garden by Mrs Harris and other residents to make sure it is a welcoming and enjoyable space, was commended by the judges.
The judges also felt that two entrants for the Best Individual Garden deserved special recognition for their hard work.
Mr Hands, Stapleford has been very creative in developing a multi-functional space with a mixture of plants and vegetables throughout the garden. The garden leads you through different areas from seating, to a summer house and onto a lawned area. Mr Hands has put a lot of time and effort into creating a functional and enjoyable garden.
Mr Marshall, Bramcote not only maintains his own garden, which is a vibrant, colourful space for him and his wife to sit and enjoy; he also helps others in the area to maintain their garden. Mr Marshall said that at 82 he enjoys the exercise he gets from gardening and growing vegetables.
The judging panel consisted of a tenant involved with service improvement groups, the Council's Engagement Co-ordinator and a representative of United Living, who have kindly sponsored this year's competition.