Gardening allows us to connect with the natural world from the comfort of our own homes; an opportunity to brighten our spaces and add a splash of personality along the way.
Stockport Homes’ annual Gardening Competition celebrates the passion and commitment residents have for their gardens, showcasing what is possible when we utilize the space we have available. With over 20 excellent submissions for 2021, it was no easy task for the judges to narrow down the very best.
Best In Borough
This year the ‘Best in Borough’ prize goes to Shirley Moxham, who’s generous seating area is encompassed by an array of colourful planting.
I love gardening as it takes my mind off any worries or stress, I like to sit in the sun afterwards and admire all my hard work! I am delighted to win the Best in Borough and Best garden award this year, with the prize money I intend to buy myself a really good Leaf blower.
Jean Simpson, winner of ‘Best Communal’ garden demonstrates the positive impact gardening can have on our physical, mental and social wellbeing by involving the wider community in her project.
Respective winners included Brenda Coulthard for ‘Best Container’ and Linda Stead for ‘Best Fruit and Veg’.
As hints of normality slowly resume in our day to day lives, it’s clear that the Covid-19 pandemic brought us closer to nature than ever before, with the benefits of gardening going much further than well preserved greenspaces and charming flower beds.
The winners and runners-up of each category were:
Best in borough
Winner – Shirley Moxham
1st – Shirley Moxham
2nd – Brenda Coulthard
Joint 3rd – Mandy Stewart, Beverley Armstrong
Joint 1st – Mandy Stewart, Brenda Coulthard
2nd – Beverley Armstrong
3rd – Elaine Bernard
Best communal garden
1st – Jean Simpson
2nd – Linda Shaw
3rd – Roy Porter
Best fruit and veg
1st – Linda Stead
2nd – Mr & Mrs Darrell