Birmingham In Bloom- great gardeners, old and young!

By on 04/10/2013 in News

Green-fingered gardeners across the city have once again been rewarded for their skills in the Birmingham in Bloom 2013 competition.

Around 120 council tenants, leaseholders - all winners in their own city districts - and their guests attended the ceremony at the Council House last night (3 October) hosted by Radio WM presenter Mollie Green and BBC gardening expert Steve Brookes.

And this year established gardeners have had to look to their laurels, with up and coming youngster Leighton McGuiness - aged just 5! - the youngest ever winner in the competition, winning for the best vegetable patch in Erdington District.

Leighton said: “I love growing food that I can eat, especially strawberries and tomatoes and carrots. Next year I'm going to get a drainpipe to grow sweetcorn and put down eggshells to keep caterpillars away”

First run in the 1970s, Birmingham in Bloom was brought back by popular demand seven years ago by Cllr John Lines - then Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing.

It has since gone from strength to strength, and is now a real landmark in the Birmingham calendar -entries have more than doubled since 2009, with 515 entrants this year, all judged by a panel headed up by gardening experts from the council's own Parks and Nurseries team, along with representatives from Quadron Services.

Citywide gold winners are:

Best front garden                                                  Brian Hanson – Hodge Hill District

Best back garden                                                  Stanley Histon – Selly Oak District

Best communal garden                                      Hilary Jones  – Yardley District

Best balcony, baskets and pots                      Percy Careless – Sutton Coldfield District

Best vegetable containers                                Marie Fitzpatrick – Perry Barr District

Best vegetable patch                                          Eric Johnson – Hall Green District

Best community vegetable patch                    Jean Varney – Ladywood District

Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines said: “It's wonderful to see the continued growth of Birmingham in Bloom. The competition inspires tenants and leaseholders to take pride in their homes and environment, so both residents and visitors to the city can enjoy more attractive neighbourhoods. It's also a great way to reward and thank residents who take pride in their homes and gardens, which was always important to me when I was involved in the scheme as the Cabinet Member for Housing.”

Cllr Lines and Sharon Lea, Birmingham City Council's Strategic Director of Local Services, presented all the winners with prizes.

The competition is sponsored by Nordic Pioneer, Service Birmingham and Cromwell

Winners’ images here

For more information contact Steve McCarthy in the Press Office on 0121 303 3367

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