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Garden Competition 2021 Winner

Published on: 7 October 2021


Thank you to everyone who entered our 2021 Garden Competition.  It was a pleasure to see all the wonderful gardens across the district.  The winner was chosen by our Involved Tenants Group.


There were some fantastic entries but we are delighted to announce that the winner of the £100 in B&Q Vouchers prize was Diane Bradley from Apperknowle!

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Diane found herself with more free time at the start of the pandemic and decided to concentrate on her garden. 

When asked how she found her passion for gardening, she said:

“When I lived at home my father was disabled and so I did all the gardening for him.  Then I started watching Ground Force and was inspired by Charlie Dimmock.

“When I moved into this house 20 years ago, my sister gave me a Charlie Dimmock book and it went from there.”

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Diane was then asked about the work she had done in her garden:

“I did the pond all by myself.  I was sat in the garden one day having a coffee and decided that I wanted to do something with the space.  This was at the start of lockdown while I wasn’t working.  I just started digging and building it up.  I worked it out and it probably ended up costing me about £150.”

Finally she was asked what it meant to her to win the garden competition:

“I never win anything.  It’s an absolute joy.  To think that someone else appreciates what I’ve done here is an absolute joy.”



For many people their garden has played an important part in dealing with the Covid-19 lockdowns. Gardening is a great opportunity to be outside in the fresh air and enjoying some healthy exercise.

Here is what some of our other entrants had to say about what gardening means to them:

  • “I have always loved gardening and growing vegetables, and after my heart surgery my garden was my go-to place to recover and I get lots of enjoyment watching things grow.”
  • “I love our garden and all the vibrant colours. The bees enjoy it to!”
  • “We have a community garden shared by the flats. All four flats contribute each spring to the purchase of plants and materials. The garden is a lovely meeting place for all the residents whose ages range from 22 to 82.”
  • “My garden is my escape and my paradise. I enjoy doing little bits to my garden every day and love to see all the wildlife and nature that appears in it.”
  • “The pandemic gave me extra time to work on the front garden and create raised flower beds and a new lawn. In spring the beds were full of colour from the tulips and daffodils. Gardening is my way to wind down after a hard day's work.”

 


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