Nottingham’s annual NCH Best Garden Competition has yet again named its winning city residents.
Run by Nottingham City Homes, the competition, which began in the thirties, is still just as popular more than eighty years on, as residents of Nottingham put their green fingers forward to compete.
This year’s area categories were judged by a team of tenant ‘ACE’ inspectors, with BBC Radio Nottingham’s gardening expert, John Stirland, judging the winner of the ‘champion of champions’ Special Cup - the competition’s most prestigious award.
Cllr Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for planning and housing at Nottingham City Council, attended the event to congratulate this year’s winners. She said: “This competition has stood the test of time and it is fantastic to see the enthusiasm residents still show across the city, from local school children to those managing the communal gardens in independent living schemes.”
This year’s winners of area and specialist categories include:
Aspley, Strelley, Broxtowe, Beechdale - Mrs Daphne Marlow- Nobes
Bilborough - Mr Nigel Fleming
Lenton, The Meadows, Wollaton - Olive Smith
Bulwell, Highbury Vale, Stockhill, Basford - Linda Taylor
Radford, Hyson Green - Danita Allen
Clifton - Patricia Weatherall
Bestwood, Sherwood - Patrick Newcombe
Mapperley, St Ann’s, Colwick, Sneinton - Mervyn James
Best Container display - Kenneth Knight
Best Horticultural Enterprise - Lamyai Holt
Best Community Garden - Pear Tree Orchard
Best School Garden - Sneinton C of E Primary School
The Special Cup finalists and winners are:
Winner: Mr & Mrs Chaplin, Forster Street, Radford
2nd place: Mrs Janis Coles, Oldbury Close, Clifton
3rd place: Mrs Diane Strickson, Aspley Lane, Aspley
Gardening expert and BBC Radio Nottingham presenter, John Stirland, said of Mr and Mrs Chaplin’s garden: “A little oasis in a big city. It can be quite difficult to create a quality garden in a small space and still get a feeling of surprise about what little feature may be lurking hidden somewhere within the confined boundaries. This garden does indeed do this and it is quite amazing what new little gems can be found each time you turn your head.”
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “Every single one of the people who have taken part in this year’s competition is inspirational. Their passion for improving the look and feel of their own gardens, and subsequently the communities they live in, should be commended.”