Prize winning tenants ‘green up’ their communities

By on 19/11/2015 in Cllr Cotton, Lord Mayor, News
Birmingham in Bloom 2015 winner Brian Jones

Brian Jones, winner of best balcony, baskets and pots

Green-fingered council tenants and leaseholders spoke about the joy their gardening gives to their communities, at the annual Birmingham in Bloom awards ceremony at the Council House last night (Wednesday 18 November).

Around 50 district winners and their guests attended the ceremony in the Banqueting Suite.  City-wide winners in each category received a trophy, cash prize and gardening tools from the city’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Raymond Hassall.

Amongst this year’s winners was keen gardener Brian Jones from Acocks Green.  Brian, who scooped gold in the Best Balconies, Basket and Pots category, said: “I like to cultivate my balcony and pots because it gives me and other residents pleasure to look at them.  Neighbours tell me that my balcony helps lift the appearance of the whole area and makes people proud of where they live.”

Nareen Akhtar from Sheldon, who picked up gold for her vegetable containers, added: “Since moving into my current home, which has a large back garden, I started gardening – first growing flowers and gradually adding more vegetables in containers.  I’m finding it exciting to discover the range of fruit and vegetables I can grow.”

Winners were chosen by staff from the council’s award winning parks team and the evening was hosted by BBC WM presenter Mollie Green, with BBC WM gardening expert Darren Rudge sharing his gardening top tips.

Sponsors of this year’s competition were Willmott Dixon, Quadron, Cromwell and Glendale.  Prizes were given to the winners by Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, and Birmingham City Council’s acting strategic director of place, Jacqui Kennedy.


For more media information, pics and interviews, contact Debbie Harrison on 303 4476

For pics of winners’ gardens see –

Full list of city wide gold winners –

Best front garden                                   Adam Hartree                                      Yardley

Best back garden                                    Moira Furlong                                       Yardley

Best communal garden                       Hilary Jones                                           Acocks Green

Best balcony, baskets and pots         Brian Jones                                             Acocks Green

Best vegetable containers                    Nareen Akhtar                                      Sheldon

Best vegetable patch                              Irene Evans                                             Acocks Green

Best community vegetable patch     Jean Varney and Civic Close            Ladywood

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