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2008 gardening competition - North Kirklees winners

Release Date: 24-Jul-2008
Gardeners from North Kirklees have shown their true colours in our annual gardening competition.
Rita King & Leslie Walsh of Conway Crescent, winner of the best communal garden category, with members of the judging panel

Rita King & Leslie Walsh of Conway Crescent, winner of the best communal garden category, with members of the judging panel

Brenda Fisher, Yvonne Warrilow and Seth Squires of Church Grange TRA, receive the award for most improved garden from head judge, Graham Porter

Brenda Fisher, Yvonne Warrilow and Seth Squires of Church Grange TRA, receive the award for most improved garden from head judge, Graham Porter

Brian Oldroyd from Denham Street, Batley, won the prize for best garden (house or bungalow). Mr Oldroyd also scooped the top prize in the Batley in Bloom competition.

His garden is a riot of colour at the front, while in the back, he grows a great variety of vegetables.

“My family do the digging, he says, “and I do the planting. Everyone on the street comments on the garden – it makes me very proud.”

Representatives of Church Grange Tenants and Residents Association in Cleckheaton won the award for most improved garden.

Gardening expert Graham Porter, who headed up the judging panel, said: “this was a richly deserved award. It’s incredible that just three people have achieved what they have.

“They have invested a great deal of time and effort into the communal garden at the grange and all the residents enjoy the results of their labour.”

The gardening trio, made up of Brenda Fisher, Yvonne Warrilow and Seth Squires (aged 92), were “over the moon” at the news they had won.

The award for best communal garden went to Rita King and the residents of Conway Crescent in Batley Carr. The group won the most improved category last year, and were also awarded a KNH Excel community grant to help them develop the garden.

Since then, they have extended the planting areas, added vegetable plots, including one for the children, started composting, and incorporated new bird boxes and garden ornaments.

Rita said, “We’re really pleased to win our category again. Everyone works hard on the garden so it’s wonderful to get recognition for our efforts.”

David Thackray of Brooklyn Drive, Cleckheaton, won the award for best balcony or patio. He starts growing his huge collection of plants from seed in February, and plants them out in May each year.

“It’s very therapeutic and I get great pleasure from watching everything grow,” says David.

David’s beautiful balcony delights his neighbours, who nominated him, as well as passers by: “People often stop to look at all the flowers.”

Category winners each received a gardening book and £50 in gardening vouchers.

The overall winner of the competition was Mike Yip, from Thongsbridge near Huddersfield.
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