Success has blossomed for residents who entered their glorious green spaces into Sanctuary Housing’s Shiregreen Garden Competition.
A bumper crop of entries was received after Sanctuary invited residents and local schools to enter their gardens into the annual competition.
A special celebratory event held at Hatfield Academy saw £30 worth of gardening vouchers awarded to the competition winners – with Richard Wilson claiming the best individual garden title and Janusz Michalak winning the best hanging baskets category.
And it proved a fitting choice of venue, as Hatfield Academy was announced as the winner of the best school garden, a new category this year aiming to encourage schools to celebrate their dazzling displays and brilliant blooms.
Runner-up in the school category was Beck Primary School, which received a £20 gardening voucher.
The prizes were handed out by Janet Brind, chair of the Shiregreen Community Committee, while all residents who took part were invited to attend and received a certificate recognising their efforts.
Judges had a tough time choosing the eventual winners and said they were particularly impressed by the standard and variety of entries this year.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “Once again our competition has highlighted some absolutely stunning gardens here in Shiregreen.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate our green-fingered residents’ enthusiasm and commitment to making their neighbourhoods greener places to live.”
Paula Smith, of Hatfield Academy, added: “Getting outdoors and thinking about nature and the environment is a very important part of our learning here.
“Our pupils were very keen to take part in the competition and delighted when we were named one of the winners!”
Richard Wilson, who generously donated his voucher to be split between the two schools, commented: “It’s so satisfying to have all the work I put into keeping my garden looking its best recognised, especially when there are so many lovely gardens in Shiregreen.”
This competition was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.