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Residents’ gardens are blooming marvellous!
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Dedicated green-fingered residents showcased their creations and shared the benefits of gardening at the annual gardening competition organised by East Kent Housing’s Thanet District Tenants and Leaseholders Group.
Winner of the Best Front Garden Rosemary Elliot said “We love our garden and because of where we are, we also love that it gives other people pleasure as they’re going past. We often get people stopping to throw pennies into the wishing well to make a wish.”
Jane Taylor received the prize for Highly Commended Front Garden and said: “I love my garden, it’s a bit of escapism. It gives me the chance to relax and is somewhere to chill in, just watching the birds and the butterflies. I’ve met lots of people through being out in my garden because people have a look in at everything and have a chat. It’s amazing what you can do in a small space."
On finding out that her back garden had been awarded first prize, Yvonne Mortlock said: “This means so much to me, I feel like I’ve won the Chelsea Flower Show! My garden is my little piece of heaven. You don’t need lots of money to create a lovely garden, just time and love. I’ve upcycled lots of items that were going to be thrown away too, from a water butt that I’m using as a big planter now, to a hat stand where I’m growing tomatoes.”
The competition and celebrations were organised by the Thanet Tenants and Leaseholders Group, which gives council tenants the opportunity to have a say in how their housing is managed. Secretary of the local group and one of the competition’s judges Claire Smyth said: “It’s nice to get out and meet people who are taking real pride in their homes and gardens. We have heard lots of personal stories, and often gardening gives people hope and light. Thank you to all the sponsors as without them the competition would not be possible.”
Certificates were awarded at tenants’ homes this week, and the prizes were vouchers generously donated by competition sponsors Mears, Town and Country, and Swale Heating.
One of the competition’s judges and member of the tenants group Noel Chapman said: “This competition shows a real respect and pride for gardens and nature, and it has a knock-on effect for those who in the community who also get to see them in bloom. This year in particular we have seen people really encouraging wildlife into their gardens, with many having bird baths and bird feeders.”
Congratulations to the winners!
Best Front Garden
Winner - Rosemary Elliot, Highly Commended - Jane Taylor
Best Back Garden
Winner - Yvonne Mortlock, Highly Commended - Patricia Bouington
Best Pots & Containers
Winner - Billie Taylor Robinson
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