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Gardening competition blossoms in Wilton

Release Date: 12-Sep-2011
The first Wilton gardening competition has been declared a bloomin’ success, according to all those taking part.
Most improved garden -  Cllr Shabir Pandor (ward councillor), Stacy Townend (judge - Kirklees Council), Siobhan Grinhaff, India Taylor (daughter), Patricia Hilary (judge - KFTRA) & Cllr Peter O’Neil (

Most improved garden - Cllr Shabir Pandor (ward councillor), Stacy Townend (judge - Kirklees Council), Siobhan Grinhaff, India Taylor (daughter), Patricia Hilary (judge - KFTRA) & Cllr Peter O’Neil (

Tallest sunflower, 0-5 age group -  Cllr Peter O’Neil (ward councillor), Lana Dixon, Sabrina Hussain (KNH) & Steve Brown, (Orrganised Chaos)

Tallest sunflower, 0-5 age group - Cllr Peter O’Neil (ward councillor), Lana Dixon, Sabrina Hussain (KNH) & Steve Brown, (Orrganised Chaos)

The competition was organized by the Wilton Tenants and Residents Association as part of their Wilton in Bloom project, which is supported by KNH, children’s activity group Organised Chaos and Kirklees Council’s ‘narrowing the gap’ initiative, which aims to reduce inequalities between different areas of the district.

The prize for best garden went to Ken Griffin. Anthony Dyson won the award for best fruit or vegetable garden, while the most improved garden category was won by Siobahn Grinhaff.

Category winners each received £100 in gardening vouchers.

David Price, Kirklees Council Area Manger for Parks & Open Spaces and one of the judges, said: “I was very moved by the gardens which were to a good horticultural standard.”

Fellow judge Stacy Townend, Waste & Recycling Advisor for the council, agreed: “It was difficult to choose a winner as the overall standard was very good. I particularly was pleased to see residents using compost bins and growing organically.”

The competition also included a sunflower growing challenge to encourage children and young people to take an interest in gardening.

Lewis Greaves won the 12-19 age group, with a 49-inch sunflower.

Katy Littlewood’s monster 73-inch sunflower topped the 6-11 group, while one-year-old Lana Dixon won the 0-5 group with a very impressive 63-inch flower.

Toddler Faith Newell won the prize for the largest sunflower head.

Children received vouchers or gardening toys for their efforts.

Colin Priestley, chair of the Wilton TRA, said, “we’re all really pleased that the gardening competition has been such a success. It’s been brilliant to see so many people of all ages taking part in our competition.”

KNH Community Engagement Officer, Sabrina Hussain, said: “Lovely gardens help make our estates more attractive places to live, so I hope the gardening bug catches on in Wilton.”

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