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Green fingered Nottingham residents blooming at annual awards

Green fingered Nottingham residents blooming at annual awards

For nearly 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 2018


Now run by Nottingham City Homes, the awards began in the early thirties 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.

It’s a special year for Nottingham City Homes as they celebrate being UK Landlord of the Year, so they are looking at the best garden as the best landlord. Plus one of the ideas in the Government’s social housing Green Paper, which NCH have just responded to, was to celebrate the positive examples that are making a difference in communities – the Best Garden Competition is a real practical example of just that.

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:

Aspley, Strelley, Broxtowe, Beechdale – Jeffrey and Elizabeth Holland

Bilborough -  Nigel Flemming

Lenton, The Meadows, Wollaton – Lee Anthony Hayward

Bulwell, Highbury Vale, Stockhill, Basford – Yohanna Samuels

Radford, Hyson Green – Janet and William Chaplin

Clifton – Wendy Sheldon

Bestwood, Sherwood – Mandy Hoten

Mapperley, St Ann’s, Colwick, Sneinton – Mervyn James

Best Container Garden - Nita Martin, Whitemoor

Best Edible Garden – Meden GardensMeden Gardens, Bobbersmill Bridge

Best Community Garden – Hazelhurst Gardens, Bulwell

The Special Cup finalists and winners are:

Winner: Michael Philip Ryan, Bilborough

2nd place: Steven Mason, Clifton

3rd place: Ethel Anderson, St Anns

Winner of the ‘Champion of Champions’ Special Cup, Michael Ryan from Bilborough said: “I’m delighted to be the 2018 Special Cup winner. Coming first, ahead of all the various area champions from last year, makes me feel very proud.  

I’ve been a keen gardener for many years. But I don’t just look after my garden for myself and my family, I do it for my neighbours and friends to enjoy. I hope that it encourages even more people to look after and take pride in their gardens.”

Speaking about Michael's garden, judge and gardening expert John Stirland, said: “This is a cosy little garden packed with colour coordinated summer bedding and surrounded by immaculately clipped hedges. Quality hanging baskets adorn the walls and all can be enjoyed by passing pedestrians. The quality of the plants stood out in this little garden and the neat hedging helped create its cosy and colourful atmosphere. I hear the owner spends many happy hours in his garden and has every right to be proud of his achievement.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “The competition has been tough this year, there were some really strong entries. The Best Garden Competition has historically inspired residents of the city to improve their homes and neighbourhoods, and continues to do so nearly 90 years on. It’s a privilege to be a part of it.

“It’s fantastic to see the huge effort that goes into each of these gardens, and to see the wide range of people taking part, from the very young to the young at heart. Congratulations to all this year’s winners, keep up the hard work.”


For further information, please contact Lisa Allison at NCH on 0115 876 2600, or email lisa.allison@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

 - Photographs of the winning gardens are available on request

Other special cup entries (not in order):

Tracey Wotten, Lenton

Kevin Draper, Hyson Green

Anita Topley, Clifton

Ivor Beasley, Bestwood Park