A blooming good show!

Release Date: 25-Jul-2008
Huddersfield gardener Mike Yip has taken the top prize in KNH's annual gardening competition.
Mike Yip, overall winner of the 2008 KNH Excel gardening competition, with the judging panel.

Mike Yip, overall winner of the 2008 KNH Excel gardening competition, with the judging panel.

Mike was also named winner of the most improved garden category for south Kirklees.

Born in Malaysia, Mike moved to the area ten years ago and started to create his Eastern-themed garden in 2005, as an outlet for his artistic talents and, he says, “a way to unwind from the stresses of everyday life.”

His garden in Thongsbridge in the Holme Valley incorporates the elements of Feng Shui to ensure that the plants, colours and textures are balanced; all of the structures are made out of recycled materials.

The results of Mike’s labour delighted the judges, who were overwhelmed by the time and effort that he had obviously invested in his creation.

Gardening expert, Graham Porter, who headed up the judging panel, said: “Mike has created an absolutely stunning garden in every detail.

“It not only looks amazing, but it’s also beautifully scented and stimulates all the senses.”

Mike’s garden is enjoyed by his daughter Casey, who he cares for full-time, as well as by his neighbours, who nominated him for the competition.

He received £150 in gardening vouchers, as well as a barbecue donated by Huddersfield-based company, Bang Marketing.

Other winners were

• Best garden (house or bungalow), North Kirklees – Brian Oldroyd, Denham Street, Batley. Mr Oldroyd also scooped the top prize in the Batley in Bloom competition

• Best garden (house or bungalow), South Kirklees – Rose Day, Glenfield Avenue, Deighton.

• Best communal garden, North Kirklees – Rita King and the residents of Conway Crescent, Batley Carr.

• Best communal garden, South Kirklees – Mrs Mavis Shaw and Mr Reginald Pope, Deercroft Tenants & Residents Association, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield.

• Best balcony or patio, North Kirklees – Mr David Thackray, Brooklyn Drive, Cleckheaton.

• Best balcony or patio, South Kirklees – Mrs Patricia Nettleton, Eastlands, Almondbury.

• Most improved garden, North Kirklees – Church Grange Tenants & Residents Association, Cleckheaton

Category winners each received £50 in gardening vouchers.

Paul Buckley, KNH’s Director of Neighbourhoods, said: “Many of our tenants work very hard in their gardens and their efforts deserve to be recognised – their gardens bring pleasure to their neighbours and help make sure their estates are attractive places to live.

“This competition is our chance to thank them for their efforts and to encourage others to start taking pride in their gardens.”

KNH Excel Manager Helen O’Sullivan, said: “This is the second year we’ve run the competition and we’ve been overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the entries.

“The standard has been amazing and the gardens are a real testament to the hard work of the tenants.”

“We’d like to thank everyone who entered and hope that even more people will take part next year and help make their estates blossom!”

The gardening competition is part of KNH Excel, an incentive scheme that rewards and recognises good tenants and encourages others who might have rent arrears to clear their accounts. Other Excel benefits include an award-winning discount card, regular competitions and prize draws, community grants of up to £500 and good neighbour awards.