Green-fingered tenants rewarded for glorious gardening efforts

By on 11/10/2012 in News

Gardeners, flower and vegetable growers across the city have come together today to celebrate their green-fingered talents in the Birmingham in Bloom 2012 competition.

Around 40 council tenants and leaseholders - all winners in their own city districts - and guests attended the ceremony today (9 October) hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, and master of ceremonies Professor Carl Chinn MBE.

For the first time in the event's five year history, new categories for best vegetable patch and best vegetable containers were created. The new groups were included to reflect the importance of sustainable vegetable growing in the community.

Citywide gold winners are:
Best front garden – William Davies – Hodge Hill
Best back garden – Stanley Histon – Selly Oak
Best balcony, baskets and pots – Gwen Johnstone – Yardley
Best communal garden – Hilary Jones – Yardley (Coppice House)
Best Vegetable Container – Samuel Cobourne – Perry Barr
Best Vegetable Patch – Irene Evans - Yardley

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, said: “As a longstanding supporter of Birmingham in Bloom, I knew the high standards to expect from the competition. I'm delighted with the sheer variety and quality of the entries, from elegant front and back gardens, compact vegetable containers to beautifully maintained community gardens.

“The hard work and skill that the entrants put in to their gardens every year is truly inspiring. This year I’m pleased to see the focus on vegetable growing, there’s nothing more satisfying than eating home grown food and the quality of the entries showed how rewarding and delicious growing your own can be.

“As former Cabinet Member for Housing, I re-launched the competition five years ago and am delighted it is still going strong.”

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham presented all the district winners with certificates and small cash prizes.  Overall citywide winners were presented with trophies, cash prizes and gardening tools.

The competition is sponsored by Wilmott Dixon Partnership, Cromwell, PH Jones, ISS and Service Birmingham.

For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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