Green-fingered residents from Sanctuary Housing in Chester have dug deep to scoop accolades in a prestigious gardening competition.
How many residents entered Sanctuary’s garden competition in Chester?
Nearly 70 residents entered the housing association’s gardening contest, with first, second and third prizes awarded for each of Sanctuary Housing’s six neighbourhoods.
The winners were announced at Lache Community Centre
Following a rigorous judging process, the winners of the ninth annual competition were announced by Sanctuary’s head of operations for Chester and the North West, Christa Ripley, at a packed awards ceremony held at Lache Community Centre.
The winner of the best overall garden
Terence Fox, of Durham Road, Blacon, beat off stiff competition to claim the prize for the best overall garden, which was judged by a team of local residents. Mr Fox accepted the Swedish crystal rose bowl trophy, which was donated by contractor Seddon and also received vouchers for a local garden centre.
Runner up for the best overall garden was Marie Passingham of The Square, Christleton. Third prize for the overall best garden went to Eddie and Rae Rimmer, of Willow Grove, Hoole.
New child friendly award winners
The winners of a new Child Friendly Award were Jamie Critchlow and Emma Williams, of Durham Road, Blacon.
Best sheltered scheme award
Named in memory of an involved resident in Chester, the Helen Noble Award for best sheltered scheme was won by the residents of Kingfisher Court, Northgate Avenue.
Best window box award
Peter Morrow, of Suffolk House, won the best window box award for the City area, Bernard Montgomery, of Ramsden Court, won the best Window Box for Lache and Handbridge and Alan Thrasher and Helen Peppitt, of Kingsway, won the best Balcony for Plas Newton, Upton, Newton, Kingsway and Hoole.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Christa Ripley congratulated all entrants and said: “The effort you put in makes all the difference to your communities and the people around you. Your hard work achieves these amazing results. There is also something very satisfying about growing your own, whether that’s flowers, plants or vegetables.”
Further winners at the awards
Also successful were:
- Robert Jamieson, of Westwood Road – first place, City
- Marie Passingham, of The Square, Christleton − first place, Rural areas
- Terence Fox, of Durham Road – first place, Blacon North
- Dan and Patricia Rowland, of Dyserth Road – first place, Blacon South
- Eddie and Rae Rimmer, of Willow Grove, Hoole - first place, Plas Newton, Upton, Newton, Kingsway and Hoole
- Doreen Bride, of Cliveden Road – first place, Lache
- Arderne House, Upton – first place, best vegetable garden
- Stella Tapsell, of Halton Road, Upton – best newcomer, Plas Newton, Upton, Newton, Kingsway and Hoole
- Sonia Talmage, of Redhill Road, Lache – best newcomer, Lache and Handbridge
- Karen Crawford, of Blacon Avenue, Blacon – best newcomer, Blacon North
- Lesley Gorman, Park Avenue, Saughall - best newcomer, Rural areas
- Rose Newton, of Halton Road, Upton, - best Group of Gardens, Plas Newton, Upton, Newton, Kingsway and Hoole.