Published: Wed 5th October, 2022
Charnwood residents have been recognised for their gardening work in a hanging basket competition.
Charnwood Borough Council’s open spaces partner, idverde teamed up with the Loughborough in Bloom board to find the best hanging basket in the borough as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
They received 19 entries and had the difficult task of picking two runners-up and the winner.
The two runners-up received a £50 National Garden gift card each to keep on with their gardening with the winner taking home an annual membership for the Royal Horticultural Society.
Chair of Loughborough in Bloom board, Pat Cook was part of the judging panel and had the pleasure of viewing the hard work of those who entered.
Pat said: “We had so many fantastic entries in the hanging basket competition and I want to thank all those that did enter.
“The winner and two runners-up are very deserving of their awards and I would like to congratulate them for all their dedication in keeping their hanging baskets so beautiful.”
First place went to Graham Goggins, who lives in Anstey, for his baskets which hang either side of his front door.
Graham said: “Everyone in my close has hanging baskets so we have a competition between ourselves to see who can have the biggest and best basket.
“It is lovely to see everyone take part and I am very happy to win first prize. Hopefully this will encourage more people to take part in events such as this in years to come.”
The two runner-up spots went to Watermead Day Nursery in Loughborough and resident Stuart Rosak.
The children at Watermead Day Nursery enjoyed looking at the different colours in their hanging baskets which were designed in the Jubilee and Union flag colours.
“We are so pleased to be a runner-up and happy to receive the voucher which will mean that the children can do planting at the nursery.
“We are hoping to keep our hanging baskets up next year and also keep our gardens neat and tidy as we want to take part in Loughborough in Bloom.”
Stuart Rosak had his mum to thank for entering him into the competition. He was unaware that his glorious baskets had been put up for award until he received an unexpected phone call.
Stuart said: “A massive thank you to my mum for entering me as I would never have done it myself.
“I have been maintaining my hanging baskets for years after it was passed onto me from my mum, and it is great to be recognised.
“Maintaining your garden and hanging baskets is a wonderful thing to do, especially for your wellbeing.”
You can find photos of the hanging baskets that have been recognised as the best in Charnwood in our Flickr album.