Thursday 28th July 2011
IN A battle of the blooms, reigning champion Robert Garside has kept a firm grip on his A1 Housing Gardening Competition title for 2011.
A1 Housing tenants from across Bassetlaw were able to show off their horticultural talents in a new-look Gardening Competition that saw the introduction of four new categories - Traditional Garden; Modern Garden; Family Friendly Garden; Fruit and Vegetable Garden along with the popular Community Garden.
And while his title may have changed to Traditional Garden Winner, Kevin of Rayton Spur, Worksop was pleased to have scooped a prize for the second year running.
"I'm very pleased to have won again and it's a brilliant event," said Robert, who won the Senior Citizen prize in 2010. "I really enjoy getting out in the garden, so winning something like this is a nice bonus."
"It was a real surprise to be one of the winners again." Robert joked: "It's even spurred a couple of my neighbours on to tidy their own gardens up a bit."
A1 Housing's Director of Strategy and Change, Joice Richards and Chairman Michael Bowskill, along with judges and board members Heather McMillan and Richard Underwood handed out the prizes at an awards ceremony held at Retford Town Hall last week.
Mr Bowskill said: "The standard of entries seems to get better each year and it's fantastic to see so many well-tended gardens on show. We hope that even more people are encouraged to enter next year by what they see here."
A1 Housing Garden Competition 2011 - Results
Winner - Robert Garside
Runner-up - Brian Lavin
Certificate of Merit - Jack Spittlehouse
Winner - Amanda Salmon
Runner-up - Audrey Elliott and Alexander Roebuck
Family Friendly Garden
Winners - Mr and Mrs Terence Bolden
Fruit and Vegetable Garden
Winner - Jane Revill
Winner - Larwood House Sheltered Scheme
Runner-up - Westmorland House Sheltered Scheme