The winners have been announced for an annual gardening competition run for people living in homes managed by Six Town Housing, and others living in their communities.
The competition received 108 entries from across the borough, with categories such as Best Communal Garden, Best Edible Garden, Best Individual Garden and Most Improved Garden.
Two winners from last year’s competition, Joyce Kay from Holcombe Brook and Carrie Knight from Bury, lent their expertise as judges this year.
Carrie said, “Judging was an enjoyable experience and I feel really honoured to have been asked. We spent around 3 and a half hours shortlisting entries, then spent a day visiting gardens before making a decision on the winners. There were so many great entries it was so difficult to choose just one winner in each category.”
Joyce said, “There were so many creative entries. People have put a lot of thought and effort into their gardens and should be very proud.”
Marilyn Lees from Unsworth was the winner of the Best Individual Garden category. She said, “I am absolutely gobsmacked and surprised to win, especially with the competition covering the whole of Bury. I love gardening. I don’t find it a chore at all and I just lose track of time when I’m in the garden.”
Winners in each category received £100 in gardening vouchers.
Six Town Housing are responsible for Bury Council’s housing stock and a range of other assets, including garages, shops and a number of community facilities.
The full list of winners included:
Winner: Marilyn Lees, Otter Drive, Unsworth
Runner-up: Catherine Healey, Elms Road, Whitefield
Winner: Jean McCabe, Five Quarters, Radcliffe
Runner-up: Arthur Hilton, Victoria Square, Whitefield
Winner: Tony Evason, Charlie Cawley, Margaret Johnson, Frank Chadwick, Kilburn Road, Radcliffe
Runner-up: Brian Bennett, Moorfield Sheltered Scheme, Radcliffe
Winner: Mr & Mrs Rhodes, Horridge Street, Woolfold
Runner-up: Mr Robinson, Moorside Ave, Ainsworth
Winner: Harry Chapman, Alma St, Radcliffe
Runner-up: Phillip Sumner, Trencherbone, Radcliffe
Winner: Stacey Gilkes, Hillside View, Ramsbottom
Runner-up: Colin Gowers, Poplar Grove, Ramsbottom
Winner: Abbey Close TRA Gardening Club and Community Garden
Runner-up: Chapelfield Community Gardeners
Winner: David Jones, Sawley Ave, Whitefield
Runner-up: Brian, Roy and Olive, Red Bank, Lowe St, Radcliffe
Winner: Paul Sellers, Sumner Ave, Ainsworth
Runner-up: Lisa Schembri, Scarr Ave, Radcliffe
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