Annual garden competition winners announced

Published Thursday, 15th September 2016
Council garden competition 2016
Mayor of Rotherham Councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, Mr Worthington, Winner, Mrs Ella Worthington of Aston, Mayor's Consort, Alex Armitage and Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Dominic Beck

Rotherham Council tenants and leaseholders were rewarded for their glorious gardens at the annual Garden Competition awards ceremony on Thursday 8 September.

Rotherham is one of the greenest boroughs in the country and the sixth annual competition saw a number of impressive entries across the five categories: best garden, best first time entry, best multi-use garden, best communal area and best balcony, patio or other small space.

Judges picked a winner in each category for each of the seven area assembly wards, with each winner receiving £50 in high street vouchers, a framed photograph of their winning garden and a winner’s rosette. The overall winner was then chosen from the all the category winners and received a further prize of £200 in high street vouchers.

The overall winner in this year’s competition, chosen by the Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Dominic Beck, was Mrs Ella Worthington of Aston.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley, also awarded a prize for her favourite garden. This was won by Christine McMichael of East Dene.

Cllr Beck said, “The Garden Competition is a great way to recognise the people who have made a real difference to their local area by producing these magnificent gardens. I hope this year’s competition inspires all our tenants and leaseholders to make the most of their outdoor space to show their pride in their homes and neighbourhoods.

“The overall winner and Mayor’s choice were both first time entries and I hope their success encourages other tenants to enter next year.”

Mayor Pitchley said, “Our green fingered tenants and leaseholders make a fantastic contribution to their local area. All these wonderful gardens add real value to our neighbourhoods and the wider borough.

"Big or small, floral or functional, the care, creativity and pride in each garden is clear to see – and makes choosing a winner really difficult!

“Everyone who takes part in the Garden Competition – not just the winners – deserves recognition for their efforts.”

This year the raffle was kindly sponsored by Next and Wentworth Garden Centre.

If you've been inspired by this year’s winners why not enter your garden or outdoor space in next year’s competition?

Entries usually open from the spring, but it’s never too early to start getting your garden competition ready. Start preparing your garden for autumn and winter now, and think about how to make the most of your outdoor space to wow our judges next year.

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