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Tenants awarded for gardening talents in annual competition

  • Tenant garden competition winners

Some of the borough’s council tenants have been rewarded for their gardening talents in an annual garden competition.

The competition, which is run by Charnwood Borough Council, saw a wealth of beautiful gardens entered and highlighted the hard work and dedication that tenants put in.  

Overall there were 21 entrants in this year’s competition and the gardens were judged over two days by tenant Sheila Breed, former borough councillor, Paul Day and council contracts officer, Julie-Ann Byrne.

The judges said the standard was very high which made the contest difficult but enjoyable to judge.

The competition was split into four main categories - best hanging basket or balcony, best sheltered court garden, best communal garden and best individual house or flat garden.

The winners were:

Best hanging basket or balcony

  • First place: Mr Martin Beadle, Quorn
  • Second place: Mr Jack Barkwith, Loughborough
  • Third place: Mrs Millie Benham, Loughborough

Communal garden

  • First place: Mr Graham Barradell and Mrs Victoria Barradell, Quorn
  • Second place: Cordell Association, Loughborough
  • Third place: Chapman street gardening association, Loughborough

Sheltered court garden

  • First place: St Pauls Court, Syston
  • Second place: Mr Gianfranco Testatonda, Sileby
  • Third place: St Peters Court, Syston

House or flat garden

  • First place: Mr Frederick Miles, Barrow-upon-soar
  • Second place: Mr Philip Dews and Mrs Eleanor Dews, Anstey
  • Third place: Mr Frank Clayton and Mrs Hazel Clayton, Rothley

High street vouchers were awarded to the winners and runners up who were presented with their prizes by the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, during an event at Loughborough Town Hall.

The Mayor said: “Our annual garden competition celebrates the hard work of tenants and really shows a great sense of pride in where they live.

“It is wonderful to see so many making our borough a more beautiful place. Congratulations to all who entered.”

A special mention was made to Mr Norman Storr who entered the competition’s communal garden category but sadly passed away a couple of weeks before the presentation. His hard work and dedication to maintaining his communal gardens did not go a miss and it was announced that the category would be named after him in his honour.

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