Birmingham council tenants bloom in floral competition

Fantastic floral efforts by gardeners and flower growers across the city have been rewarded at a ceremony in the Council House for the Birmingham in Bloom 2011 competition.

Around 40 council tenants and leaseholders – all winners in their own city districts – and guests attended the ceremony where Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Sheila Espin, Head of Landlord Services, praised the efforts of over entrants who have worked throughout the year turning their gardens, balconies, and flower boxes into full bloom, botanical splendour.

Historian Professor Carl Chinn, presented all the district winners with certificates and small cash prizes and unveiled the overall winners for gold, silver and bronze awards for best front garden, best back garden, best balcony, baskets and pots and best communal garden. Overall citywide winners were presented with trophies, cash prizes and gardening tools.

Citywide gold winners were:

Best front garden and best back garden
Stanley Histon, Glastonbury Road, Yardley Wood
Selly Oak Constituency

Best communal garden
Jean Varney, Civic Close community garden, Norton Tower, Ladywood
Ladywood Constituency

Best balcony, baskets and pots
Marguerite Llewellyn, Claverdon House, Holly Bank Road, Billesley
Selly Oak Constituency

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These gardeners have worked extremely hard to create such wonderful arrangements, and should be rewarded for their sense of pride in what is an extension of their home – their garden. 
“I’m always impressed by the amount of time and dedication that goes into these entries, and I’m always happy to see tenants not only taking a special interest in their own gardens, but in communal gardens too.”

This year’s competition is sponsored by Cromwells, Wilmott Dixon Partnership, Service Birmingham, ISS, Quadron and Sheldons.  The council’s Birmingham in Bloom contest was first run in the 1970s, and was brought back by popular demand four years ago by Cllr Lines. 

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Photographs of the winners can be downloaded from the following link –http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157627830015584/

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