The winners have been announced for an annual gardening competition run by Six Town Housing.

The competition received over 100 entries from across the borough, with categories such as Best Communal Garden, Most Edible Garden, Best Individual Garden and Best Young Gardener.

Judges consisted of Six Town Housing tenants Brenda Headley and Norman Tooth, as well as Debbie Standring and Kirsty Booth from their Neighbourhood Team.

Brenda Headley, who is also Chair for their Customer Review Group for Neighbourhoods said: “I absolutely love judging the gardens, they just get better and better. The standard would leave Alan Titchmarsh speechless."

Norman Tooth, who is a tenant board member for Six Town Housing, said: “I found the competition quite hard to judge. The breadth of entries was so diverse and the stunning results were evidence of all the hard work that went into them. Gardening with a bit of passion and forethought is what took many of the winners over the line. They brighten up the neighbourhoods for everyone.”

B&Q vouchers were awarded to winners, along with garden decorations.

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:

Best Communal Garden

Tony Evason, Charlie Cawley Margaret Johnson and Frank Chadwick (Radcliffe)

Runner-up - Jimmy, Lynn and Dave (Whitefield)

Best Edible Garden

Dhengh Ghising (Bury)

Runner-up - Brighter Futures, Topping Fold Community Garden

Best Individual Garden

Peter Chadwick (Bury)

Runner-up - Theresa Hardman (Bury)

Best Pots/Baskets

John Canterbury (Bury)

Runner-up - Joyce Kay (Ramsbottom)

Best Use of Space

Jean McCabe (Radcliffe)

Runner-up - Arthur Hilton (Whitefield)

Best Young Gardener

Joint winners - Casey Jones, age 10 (Bury), Skye & Georgia Lindsey-Tonks age 4 & 7 (Bury)

Most Improved Garden

Carrie Knight (Bury)

Runner-up - Nina Bowden (Radcliffe)

Contribution to the Community

Chesham Fold Gardening Scheme

Runner-up - Sean Baker, Toon Crescent Community Allotments

Judges Choice

June Wolstenholme (Radcliffe)

Runner-up - Stacey Walsh

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