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Green thumbs up for Sanctuary North West’s first garden competition

16 September 2014
Residents of Vincent Naughton Court and Rose Court celebrate their win.

Green-fingered residents from Merseyside have dug deep to scoop accolades in their inaugural gardening competition.

Sanctuary NW’s inaugural garden competition

Residents at Sanctuary Housing’s Vincent Naughton Court and Rose Court in Birkenhead and at John Willis House in Rock Ferry, won prizes for their first gardening contest.

The overall winner

The overall winner was Dennis Kirby of John Willis House, with Elizabeth Murphy from Rose Court the runner-up; all entrants received certificates of appreciation for their efforts.

The awards ceremony

Organised by Person Shaped Support scheme managers Debbie Ledsome, Colette Ormond and Tracey Morris, the winners were announced at a packed awards ceremony held at Vincent Naughton Court in Rodney Street, Birkenhead.

Speaking at the awards Richard McIlroy, Sanctuary Maintenance Estates Services manager – North, said: “As a gardener myself it’s lovely to see residents getting involved. It’s fantastic to see how bright and colourful these gardens are now. To see something that gets you all talking is great and let’s hope more residents get involved next year.” 

Organiser Colin Keenan, housing officer for Sanctuary Housing – Liverpool, added: “It’s fantastic to see residents in Birkenhead making the effort to improve their gardens. We are hoping this competition will grow year on year. It really highlights how a little bit of pride in your area can inspire everyone to come together to make a difference.”