22 Aug Basildon’s Gardens in Bloom competition goes from strength to strength
Judging for this year’s Gardens in Bloom competition for Basildon’s sheltered schemes took place in July.
With 49 entries from 18 sheltered housing schemes, including two leasehold, Gardens in Bloom is becoming more competitive each year. The competition is fun and encourages residents to come together.
Sandra Batram of Ravensfield Court, took part in this year’s competition and said:
“As soon as I get a spare minute then I’m out there. In my vegetable garden I grow potatoes, French beans, beetroot, marrows, tomatoes, peppers. I love this event because I think it gives people something to keep their minds going. Its hard work but I love it.”
The categories included Best Communal Gardens, Best Individual Garden, Best Individual Balcony and Best Vegetable Garden. This year also featured a special ‘Basildon 70th Themed entry’ award to celebrate Basildon’s 70th birthday.
Elsie French of The Brambles said:
“This year we have won two second place awards – one for vegetable and one for communal garden. In our vegetable garden we’ve grown runner beans, tomatoes, potatoes, beetroot, sweetcorn, onions, carrots, parsnips and peas. Regarding the 70th theme, people have put some real thought into it and the awards are really deserved.”
The competition was once again sponsored by Alton Garden Centre, with Director, Andy Bunker making up the judging panel alongside Carol Burton, Basildon Council’s Service Manager for Housing Management and Communities.
Chairman of the Housing and Communities Committee Councillor Kerry Smith said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this year’s Gardens in Bloom competition. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our sheltered scheme residents, the gardens of Basildon will now be shining brightly for residents for the rest of summer.”
Carol Burton, Basildon Council’s Service Manager for Housing Management and Communities added:
“I would like to give thanks to Andy Bunker for his company’s ongoing support of the Garden in Bloom competition and to the Basildon Council Tenant Representatives for their continuous support.”