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Winning gardens help estates blossom

Release Date: 15-Sep-2014
A couple from Cleckheaton have taken the top prize in our annual gardening competition.
Peter & Eleanor, with head judge Steve Dyson from Bradley Nurseries and Andy George from prize sponsor, Barclays Bank

Peter & Eleanor, with head judge Steve Dyson from Bradley Nurseries and Andy George from prize sponsor, Barclays Bank

Most helpful gardening neighbour, Rod McInnes from Longwood

Most helpful gardening neighbour, Rod McInnes from Longwood

Now in its eighth 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 despite the battering winds and rain of the mid-summer, there were so many outstanding entries some of the categories were split between north and south Kirklees.

The overall winners were Peter and Eleanor Horsfield. Their garden is a colorful array of different flowers, fruit and vegetables. The impressive variety and the obvious effort the couple put into their garden captured the judges’ attention as soon as they stepped through the gate.

According to Peter, “We’re thrilled to have won not just our category, but the overall prize in the competition. We spend a lot of time on the garden – I do the digging and cutting while Eleanor is the creative gardener – and it’s wonderful to get recognition for our efforts.”

The couple received £100 in gardening vouchers, kindly donated by Barclays Bank.

The other category winners were:

• Best individual garden (south) – Bridie Larkin, Almondbury
• Best use of communal space (north) - Kings Court residents, Cleckheaton
• Best use of communal space (south) - Ian Berry, Dalton
• Best use of small space (north) – Brian Goodger & Ian Thompson, Batley Carr
• Best use of small space (south) – Mark Donaldson, Netherton
• Most helpful gardening neighbour – Rod McInnes, Longwood

Cllr Cathy Scott, 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.”

Paul Buckley, KNH’s Director of Operations 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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