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Dorset gardens in bloom

Gardeners across Dorset were recognised at an awards ceremony in Charminster recently.

Green fingered residents from Magna Housing were recognised for their skill and hard work to produce beautiful gardens, in Magna’s annual gardening competition.

Julie Turner, who lives in Melplash, was the overall winner of the John Foot Cup.  Julie said: “I entered the competition as I wanted to do it with my granddaughter, Lola. At only 4 years old, she’s already a keen gardener.”

“I’ve totally transformed my garden during the 20 years I’ve been here. It can take time to keep on top of it all, but I love gardening. It’s a great hobby which I wanted to encourage Lola to be a part of, so she helps with the watering and the weeding.”

John Wilmot, area housing manager at Magna, was one of the judges this year.  He said: “It was great to be able to go out and judge our residents’ beautiful gardens; they had clearly made a lot of effort.”

“Thank you to everyone who entered the gardening competition. Keep up the good work!”

Winners of the competition were invited to a presentation ceremony at Meadow View community room, in Charminster, to receive their certificates and prizes.

Julie added: “It was great to have won first prize and to take Lola to the presentation ceremony, she really enjoyed it.”

With her years of gardening knowledge and experience, Julie is now considering being one of the judges for Magna’s gardening competition next year.


Results for first place:

John Foot Cup winner: Miss J Turner and Mr K Hawkins, Melplash

Patios, containers, hanging baskets and window boxes: Mrs W Goff, Sherborne

Communal: Mr C Smalldon, Dorchester

Sustainable/wildlife: Mrs D Hurford, Sherborne

Most improved: Ms M Bungay and Mr S Reed, Sydling St Nicholas.

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