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We announced the winners of this year’s gardening competition at Meadow Court in Worcester on Thursday 6 September.

The annual event – which this year took place between 4.30pm and 6.00pm – awards those residents who have shown green fingered know-how in their gardens.

The late afternoon event celebrated winners in a number of categories :

  • Best front garden

Overall winner – Audrey Jones from Worcester;

Runner-up – Margaret Gentry from Worcester.

  • Best rear garden

Overall winner – Nicky Johnson-Jones from Broadwas;

Runner-up – Mary Baylis from Malvern.

  • Best containers and hanging baskets

Overall winner – Margaret Gentry from Worcester;

Runner-up – Rachel Whelan from Droitwich.

  • Best communal garden

Overall winner – St Michael’s in Ledbury;

Runner-up – The Cedars in Malvern.

  • Most improved garden

Overall winner – Mary Baylis from Malvern;

Runner-up – Sharon Boalch from Worcester.

  • Champion of Champions

Overall winner – Pam Davis from Worcester;

Runner up – Mike Brodie from Lullowfield House in Droitwich.

Clare Jackson, Executive Director Housing Care and Communities said : “We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s gardening competition.  The quality of entrants was outstanding and our judges had a tough job in making their decisions.  Well done to all our green-fingered residents!

“Here at Fortis we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and this was one of the reasons that we introduced such a competition.  Encouraging people to take part in such initiatives not only celebrates the great outdoors but also has a positive effect on health and well-being.  Look out for details on next year’s competition!”

Judge Bill Simpson, MBE, former Principal of Pershore College said : “The standard was very high this year considering the hot dry summer we experienced.  All entrants are to be congratulated  on the pride taken in their garden – from hanging baskets and containers to the large, extensive communal gardens.  As judges we marked these achievements with Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze awards with the winners and runners-up receiving an engraved trophy.”

Winners in each category received £100 each in gardening vouchers.