Garden Competition a blooming success!

Published Thursday, 24th September 2015
Presentation to winner of garden competition 2015
Sylvia (third left) being presented with her award by Mayor Cllr Maggi Clark (far right) with Consort Peter Clark and Cllr Denise Lelliott.

This year’s Rotherham Garden Competition has been hailed a blooming success with new categories attracting more entries.

The Gardening Competition aims to reward Council tenants and leaseholders who make a real difference to their areas by taking pride in their gardens.

This year proved more popular than ever, with new categories of ‘most improved garden’, ‘best communal area’ and ‘best multi-use garden’ alongside the established categories of Best Balcony and Best Garden.

Sylvia Batty, of Wath upon Dearne, was named overall winner, receiving praise for her beautifully landscaped garden, well-thought-out design, colourful planting scheme and maintenance.

Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott chose Sylvia’s garden from scores of first class entries, with Mayor Cllr Maggi Clark presenting the winners’ awards at a prize-giving ceremony at Rotherham Town Hall, together with special commendations.

Cllr Clark said: “I was very impressed by the creativity and care which went into the gardens, producing such beautiful results. These tenants are the stars of our estates; having such wonderful gardens in our neighbourhoods makes living and working here such a pleasant experience.

“They wholeheartedly deserve the recognition they get for their work.”

Garden Competition Organiser Jill Ratcliffe added: “We introduced new categories this year which has attracted more green fingered growers than ever before. The quality of the gardens was especially high. And you don't have to have the best garden to enter; just being involved in the competition is part of the fun.”