Six Town Housing's Annual Gardening Competition Is Back

Previous Six Town Housing Gardening Competition winner and judge Marilyn Lees

Six Town Housing have announced the return of Flower Power, an annual competition where prizes are awarded for some of the best gardens across the borough.

Judges are looking for beautiful gardens and impressive hanging baskets belonging to tenants that live in the 7,691 council properties managed by Six Town Housing on behalf of Bury Council, along with gardens belonging to residents and community groups based on their estates.

The categories this year include; best Individual garden, most improved garden, best pots, baskets and small spaces, best communal garden, best young gardener (aged under 16), best eco-friendly garden, best edible garden and community gardeners.

There is also a special category for entrants who feel that gardening has had a significant impact on their health, happiness and wellbeing, called The Garden That Helped Me Grow.

Winners in each category will receive £100 of gardening vouchers. Competition entrants must live in a property managed by Six Town Housing, and can nominate their own garden or those of others.

Nominations can be made online at and paper copies can either be picked up from Six Town Housing's reception or posted to entrants on their request. The closing date for entries is Friday 7th July.

Last year there were 108 entries to the competition, and it is hoped that there will be more this year. Two previous winners are judging the competition; Mick Hilton, Chair of Chesham Fold TRA (who won the ‘Contribution to the Community’ category in 2015) and Unsworth tenant Marilyn Lees (who won the ‘Best Individual Garden’ category last year).

Mick Hilton, past winner and judge of Six Town Housing's gardening competition

John Merrick, Director Of Neighbourhoods at Six Town Housing, said, "Flower Power aims to celebrate some of the amazing gardeners living in our neighbourhoods. Their hard work is inspirational and helps their gardens and communities look fantastic."

Find out more about the categories and enter the competition here.

View a gallery of last year's winners online here.

Photos of Judges Mick Hilton and Marilyn Lees.

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