Garden in bloom winner announced

Green fingered tenants showcase their gardens

North Lanarkshire in bloom

Competition was fierce in this year's 'North Lanarkshire in Bloom'. Green fingered tenants from across the area showcased their gardens in a bid to win the title of Best Garden and Best Communal Garden and scoop £100 of shopping vouchers.

Judging was tough and after much deliberation the winner of North Lanarkshire's Best Garden was announced as Mrs Mary Struthers from Calderbank, Airdrie. Sunart Street Retirement Housing Complex in Wishaw, took the title of Best Communal Garden and a commendation was made in recognition of the gardening skills of James Brennan. James is a keen gardener and helps neighbours in Gillies Lane in Motherwell with a range of gardening work.

Attending a celebration lunch to receive her award, Mrs Struthers said: "I was so surprised but absolutely delighted to be named as winner. I am out in my garden every day and sometimes even venture out at night to remove any pesky garden slugs. I'm always happy to provide cuttings to friends and neighbours so their gardens can benefit too.

"I was nominated by one of the local housing advisor's Michaela McGuinness which was lovely and made the award that bit more special."

Stephen Llewellyn, Head of Housing Solutions, added: "The judges had a tall order as the standard was very high and it was fabulous to see so many budding gardeners taking part.

"Our tenants are very imaginative in terms of how they are using their outdoor space and really help brighten up our local communities. It's great to see the communal winners too as it illustrates the fantastic results that can be achieved when people come together to share their skills. It's important we recognise the hard work and dedication of all those involved. Well done to everyone who took part."

For the first time the garden competition was organised by our Tenant Participation Team as a stand-alone event and we hope to grow this year on year.

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