Green-fingered council tenants and leaseholders gathered together for the annual Birmingham in Bloom awards ceremony at the Council House last night (Wednesday 19 October).
District winners and their guests attended the ceremony in the Banqueting Suite and city-wide winners in each category received a trophy, cash prize and gardening tools from the city’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Raymond Hassall.
He was joined by City Housing Liaison Board chair Joan Goodwin and Birmingham City Council’s strategic director for place, Jacqui Kennedy, who congratulated the award winners and thanked them for helping to keep neighbourhoods cleaner and greener, and making the city a more colourful and vibrant place.
Amongst this year’s gold medal winners were –
Liam Sayers from Edgbaston and Stuart Lacey from Hodge Hill – best young gardeners under 16 years old.
Ellen Naughton from Selly Oak – best newcomer garden – a beautifully kept garden in Selly Oak
Derek Taylor from Northfield – for the best front garden – who started his garden 12 years ago with his son prior to his passing. Derek and his wife have continued to develop their garden which now serves as space to remember their son.
Brian Jones from Yardley – for the best balcony, window box, hanging baskets or container – for his stunning display which lifts the appearance of the whole area and makes them proud of where they live.
Mrs Irene Evans from Yardley – best vegetable patch, container or greenhouse – Irene and her husband have always been keen gardeners. It gives them a real interest and there is always something to do.
Wheeldon House – best communal garden