For over 90 years, Nottingham residents have competed in the city’s Best Garden Competition. Still as popular today as it ever was, the competition has named its winning residents and groups for 2019.
Now run by Nottingham City Homes, the awards began in the late twenties to encourage the city’s residents to create fantastic gardens, enhance their neighbourhood, and build a real sense of community spirit - not to mention a bit of healthy competition.
This long standing competition has extra special significance this year as Nottingham City Homes celebrates 100 years of council housing, with the Garden competition a real example of Nottingham City Homes’ residents taking pride in their homes. To celebrate guests were treated to a display of vintage trophies, dated back to as far as 1928.
This year’s categories were judged by a team from Nottingham City Homes, tenant estate inspectors and gardening expert, John Stirland. John has supported the competition for many years, judging the winner of the ‘champion of champions’ Special Cup - the competition’s most prestigious award.
This year’s winners of area and specialist categories include:
- Best Community Garden - Hazelhurst Gardens
- Best Edible Garden - Mr Adnan Chamam Al Jalam and Mrs Fatmeh Odah
- Best Container Display - Mr and Mrs Trueman
- Wollaton, Meadows and Lenton - Michael and Katrina Cordon
- Sherwood, Berridge and Basford - Mrs Mclaughlin
- Radford, Castle, Hyson Green and Arboretum - Josephine and Michael Glenn
- Bulwell and Bestwood - Ivor Beasley
- St Ann's, Dales and Mapperley - Rita Coakley
- Aspley and Bilborough - Michael Philip Ryan
- Clifton - Stephen Jennings
The Special Cup finalists and winners are:
- Special Cup Winner - Mervyn James
- Special Cup 2nd Prize - Jeffrey and Elizabeth Holland
- Special Cup 3rd Prize - Nigel Flemming
Ivor Beasley, the area winner for Bestwood and Bulwell said: “I’m delighted to be the area winner for Bestwood and Bulwell. There were some really beautiful gardens that were shortlisted and to be named this year’s winner, makes me feel very proud.
“I’ve always had a passion for gardening and it’s great to have my hard work recognized. But more than that, I hope it inspires others in my local community to look after and take pride in their own gardens.”
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “This year’s awards take place during a time of great significance for council housing, with 2019 marking the centenary of the Housing and Planning Act.
“As new council houses were built so were new council initiatives such as the Nottingham Housing Estates Garden Competition, which was first run by the City Council from the late 20’s to encourage local pride and community spirit. That means that this competition has been running in Nottingham for almost as long as we’ve had council housing.
“This competition has stood the test of time and it is fantastic to see the enthusiasm residents still show across the city, from passionate gardeners to those managing the communal gardens in independent living schemes”
Also at the awards, there was an exhibition showing how council housing has changed in the last 100 years and images from past garden competitions.