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by Matt Playford
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
GREEN-FINGERED neighbours at Roddons Housing Association were celebrated last week as part of the association’s annual gardening competition.
The contest aimed to reward the horticultural handiwork of Roddons residents across Fenland with gardens, hanging baskets and vegetable plots all considered by the judges.
The overall winners were neighbours Peter Riley and Derek Mitchell of Prince Street, Wisbech, for their tireless work in maintaining a beautifully manicured garden shared by all residents.
The pair, who live in a block of four flats, were encouraged to enter the competition by their appreciative neighbours.
Following advice from tenants, judging took place in July, earlier than last year to ensure the gardens were in full bloom and looking their best.
Gardens were judged on colour, creativity, tidiness, good gardening practices and overall appearance.
Chair of the Roddons board Brenda Reynolds judged the entries alongside March resident Brian Waite.
She said: “The standard of entries was very high and because there were more this year we did the judging over two days.”
Pauline Gardner, Neighbourhood Manager at Roddons Housing Association, said: “I would like to congratulate and thank all of the entrants for their efforts in growing such impressive garden spaces.
“We are delighted to see residents taking pride in their gardens as this can improve the appearance of the local area and benefit the whole community.”
Winning entrants received a glass trophy, vouchers and gardening tools at the prize-giving ceremony and afternoon tea, which took place at the Roddons office last Thursday, September 13.