Gardening challenge 2011
On three glorious days in July, judging took place for the 2011 gardening challenge which had once again see lots of entries to all categories. Resident judges, Gill Ladds and Tony Plumstead, were given the opportunity to view each entry, all of which they agreed were of a very high standard.
Tony commented “This year's entries were the best that I have seen in all the time that I have had the pleasure of judging the Gardening Competition. As judges, we had a difficult decision finding a winner, as in our opinion everyone was a winner.”
In addition to all the category winners, the residents at Woodston Walk in Nottingham, were presented with a special award for working together to create a colourful garden with seating areas to be enjoyed by all.
The winners, and judges' comments on each garden
Best front and back gardens
First prize went to Mr & Mrs Collins of Lesingham in Orton Brimbles, Peterborough
"A winner last year, this front garden displays a labour of love which has turned this small area into a haven of peace and tranquillity."
Second prize went to Mr & Mrs Page Bailey of Harpole Walk in Nottingham
"This modern garden has been creatively designed, using a mix of hard landscaping and interesting features, cleverly using every inch of space. "
Third prize went to Mr & Mrs Briggs of Ulverston Close in Paston, Peterborough
"This lawn has been neatly edged with white stones to show of the planting beautifully, a very clever use of space displayed, which creates an area for the children along to play and a more formal garden for all to enjoy."
Best sheltered scheme garden
In judging this category, the judges took into account people’s disability and the amount of effort that they have put into their garden.
First Prize went to Mrs Morley of Westhay Court in Nottingham
"A winner last year in this category, Maggie Morley has triumphed again. Since moving to Westhay Court, she has transformed this corner into an explosion of colour, with a mix of baskets and containers."
Second Prize went to Mr & Mrs Rootham of Napier Place in Orton Wistow, Peterborough
"In a garden that is very overlooked, Mr & Mrs Rootham have made clever use of trellising and climbing plants to create a calming space and a haven for bees."
Third Prize went to Lindsey Henderson of Joan Wake Close in Market Deeping
"This colourful and well laid out garden is beautifully maintained and brightens up the area for her neighbours as well as herself. "
Disabled resident garden
First Prize went to Mr & Mrs Lewin of Napier Place, Orton Wistow, Peterborough
"Despite an extended hot, dry spell which has taken its toll on lawns, Mr & Mrs Lewin’s garden was beautifully maintained with a lovely mix of planting and containers.
Second Prize went to Linda Wilson of Nursery Close in Peterborough
"A very clever use has been made of this small space, attractive storage areas for wheelbarrows and tools have been designed in such a way that they are features, even the wall has been decorated to become a part of the garden."
Third Prize went to Mr & Mrs Sallis of Sudbury Court in Whittlesey
"This small area is attractive, thanks to the clever spacing of vegetables which is edible."
Best container category
First Prize went to Mr Hurst of Placket Close in Nottingham
"What a difference a year makes, having been placed last year, Mr Hurst was determined to do even better this year. The judges were particularly impressed with his novel way of watering his hanging baskets – from his upstairs window!"
Second Prize went to Mr Barnes of Sudbury Court in Whittlesey
"An explosion of colour blooms over this corner of Sudbury Court, in addition to his own garden there is evidence of Donald’s passion for gardening in his neighbours gardens and the abundant vegetable patch."
Third Prize went to Gillian Sanderson of Westhay Court in Nottingham
"Gillian has worked hard in a short time, having recently moved in. She has taken into consideration, the lack of light in this small, internal area and produced a display that, because of the foliage will give pleasure all year long. "