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Housing trust celebrates gardening successes

Chester and District Housing Trust gardeners awarded for efforts at Lache Community Centre

Winner Herbert Crook with runner-up Peter Percival, third placed Evelyn Jackson and CDHT Head of Housing Operations Andy Williams

Green-fingered residents from Chester and District Housing Trust (CDHT) dug deep to scoop accolades in a prestigious gardening competition.

More than 120 residents entered the housing association’s gardening contest, with first, second and third prizes awarded for each of CDHT’s six neighbourhoods.

Following a rigorous judging process, the winners of the seventh annual competition were announced at a packed awards ceremony held at Lache Community Centre last week.

Herbert Crook of Morton Road, Blacon, claimed the prize for the best overall garden, which was judged by a team of local residents.

Mr Crook, 84, was presented with an engraved glass trophy, donated by CDHT contractor Seddon, as well as £100.

Runner up for the best overall garden was Peter Percival, of Glamis Close, Vicars Cross, who received £50.

Third prize for the overall best garden went to Evelyn Jackson, of Stamford Road, Blacon, winning £25.

Named in memory of one of the Trust’s involved residents, the Helen Noble Award for best sheltered scheme was collected by Sylvia West on behalf of Wain Court.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, CDHT’s head of housing operations, Andy Williams, said:

“It’s fantastic to see how well maintained these gardens are and what a great contribution our residents are making in their neighbourhoods.

“I have a feeling this competition will continue to grow even further in the future. Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to all.”

Also successful were:

Grace Tydd, of Broxton Road, Clutton - first place, rural areas

Evelyn Jackson, of Stamford Road – first place, Blacon North

Eddie and Rae Rimmer, of Willow Grove, Hoole – first place, Plas Newton, Upton, Newton, Kingsway and Hoole

Doreen Bride, of Cliveden Road – first place, Lache and Handbridge

Peter Morrow, of Suffolk House – first place, best window box

James Harris, of Beachin Lane, Coddington – first place, best vegetable garden

Stephen Collins, of Clover Place, Lache – best newcomer

John Clark, on behalf of Quarry Avenue, Farndon - best group of gardens.

 

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