Winning gardens are blooming lovely!

Release Date: 01-Sep-2016
A Newsome man has taken the top prize in Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing’s (KNH) annual gardening competition.
Overall winner Simon Smith and family

Overall winner Simon Smith and family

Church Grange retirement living scheme - winner of the best use of communal space category for north Kirklees

Church Grange retirement living scheme - winner of the best use of communal space category for north Kirklees

Now in its 10th year, the competition attracted dozens of entries from every part of Kirklees. The high standards meant the judges had a really difficult time picking the winners, and there were so many outstanding entries that some of the categories were split between north and south Kirklees.

The overall winner was Simon Smith, whose beautiful garden captured the judges’ attention as soon as they stepped through the gate, with its effective design, wide variety of plants and meticulous attention to detail.

Speaking about his win, Simon said, “It was my wife who put me forward for it, so when she told me what she’d done, I thought I’d better do a bit more work and it’s paid off!

“I think the competition is a great idea. It gives people something to look forward to, people in the community something to work at, and other people enjoy what you’ve done. I’ll certainly be entering again next year.”

According to gardening expert, Graham Porter, who headed up the judging panel, “It was another fabulous year once again, judging with such an enthusiastic team from KNH. As is often the case, new entries have given us some wonderful surprises and we congratulate all of those who took part.

“If you have never entered before, the 2017 competition is your chance to shine and let others see how you manage your gardens, whether small, communal or whole street."

The winners were:

• Overall winner – Simon Smith, Newsome
• Best individual garden –Simon Smith, Newsome & Sharon Jackson, Birstall
• Best use of small space – Lees Moor community project, Thornhill Lees
• Best communal space – Church Grange retirement living scheme, Cleckheaton & Roundway retirement living scheme, Honley
• Best street – New North Road & Elm Grove, Heckmondwike

Congratulations also to the runners up:
• Joyce Connelly, Thornhill & Rebecca Illingworth, Kirkheaton – best individual garden
• Mark Donaldson, Netherton – best use of small space
• Sycamore Grange, Golcar & Oxford Grange, Gomersal – best use of communal space

Cllr Naheed Mather, cabinet member for housing, said: “I’d like to thank all those who took part in the competition and congratulate the winners. Their gardens bring pleasure to their neighbours and help make sure their estates are attractive places to live.”

Christine Gummerson, KNH’s Director of Neighbourhoods said: “Many of our tenants work very hard in their gardens and their efforts deserve to be recognised. This competition is our chance to thank them for their work.

“Gardening is a great way of keeping fit and active and offers opportunities to make lasting friendships, so we’d also like to encourage more people to start taking an interest in it – we hope to see whole streets enter next year!”
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