Thanks to everyone who took part in the competitions to find our Good Neighbour winner and our Most Improved Garden winner.
The past year has been a difficult one for so many so it’s nice to celebrate those acts of kindness that can make such a difference to someone. Good neighbours are the life blood of our communities and we wanted to recognise the unsung heroes by asking you to tell us about someone who went the extra mile.
We also wanted to celebrate the important part that gardens have played in our lives over the past year. At a time when many places were not accessible, our gardens became somewhere to relax and even start a new hobby!
Our Most Improved Garden
Our winner is Vivienne from Killamarsh who has received £100 in vouchers.
“When I moved in here in January there was no flowers and garden was full of rubbish and weeds,” said Vivienne. “I’ve bought flowers and bulbs off eBay, put in flower beds and seating areas. Fruit trees have gone in and although it is still a work in progress the roses are blooming, and the rockery has flourished. Just some paving to put down.”
Our winner is Kirsty Miley from Dronfield who received £100 in vouchers. Helen Ward, who nominated Kirsty, had this to say about her neighbour. “I would like to nominate Kirsty because this year she has been like a guardian angel. For example; my car window was smashed, and she helped me, and my daughter clean up the glass and clear the road of glass and made it safe.
“She helped my daughter more as I am disabled and struggle with physical tasks. Kirsty keeps an eye on our house she always knocks now to check if I need shopping or texts me to check I’m ok when my daughter is at college.
“I know she has a lot going on herself yet always makes time to be a good neighbour looking out for us or checking in with us. I’m very thankful to have her up the road. Most of my neighbours are great and we all look out for each other, but I think Kirsty really deserves recognition.”
How we can all be good neighbours
During lockdown many of us have got to know our neighbours better – helping to bring communities closer together to support one another. As we start to recover from the pandemic we can all keep an eye out for those people who may be struggling in a return to normal life and in need of support.
Signs someone may not be coping:
- Have you seen your neighbour out and about
- Is their garden starting to look overgrown
- Has their behaviour or routine changed
- Do they appear unwell, struggling to cope or withdrawn.
Over the past year, with so many places closed during the pandemic, many of us have discovered the pleasure of gardening!
We wanted to celebrate the achievements of our green-fingered customers by holding a competition to find the best kept garden with £100 in vouchers up for grabs.
Whether it’s beautiful flower beds, an impressive vegetable plot or simply pots over-flowing with blooms we would like to see them!
All you have to do is take a few photographs of all your hard work and send them in to us.
To enter the competition you must be a Rykneld customer and the garden has to be at a Rykneld home – we will accept entries from communal gardens that you and your neighbours have worked on.
Find out more about how to enter our Most Improved Garden Competition.
The Benefits of Gardening
You don’t have to be a gardening expert to have a go at growing your own fruit, vegetable and flowers.
You don’t even have to have a back or front garden.
A few pots in a back yard or on a windowsill are enough to get you started on anything from strawberries to growing your own herbs. In small gardens you can plant miniature fruit trees and grow vegetables such as runner beans in pots.
Here are just some of the health benefits that medical experts say can be gained from gardening:
- Improved relaxation and a reduction in stress and anxiety
- Increased self-esteem and a sense of achievement from growing your own food
- Improved fitness – gardening is good for burning off calories
- Eating healthy home grown food helps to maintain a healthy weight
- Studies show that regular physical activity such as gardening helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.