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West Somerset gardens in bloom

Gardeners across West Somerset were recognised at an awards ceremony in Alcombe 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.

Mr and Mrs Irish, who live in Minehead, were the overall winners of the Tim Chilcott cup.  Mrs Irish said: “We entered the communal garden category this year. We have lived in our home for over 27 years, and we wanted to make the communal garden look nice. I wanted to tidy it up for everyone to enjoy.

“I love gardening and thoroughly enjoyed taking part. All the pots in the garden were made by my husband, and some of the bulbs were donated by our neighbours.

“I feel so proud to have won the cup and love looking out of the window to see what we achieved.”

Amanda Shirani, area housing manager (Somerset) at Magna, was one of the judges.  She said: “It was a wonderful experience being able to go out to judge our residents’ beautiful gardens and I had a thoroughly enjoyable day! 

“Congratulations go to everyone who entered for putting on such stunning displays; everyone clearly made a lot of effort.”

Winners of the competition were invited to a presentation ceremony at Silvermead community room, Alcombe, to receive their certificates and prizes.


Results for first place:

Tim Chilcott cup for the overall winner: Mr & Mrs Irish, Minehead.

Gardens: Mr & Mrs S Sully in Allerford.

Patios, containers, hanging baskets and window boxes: Mr & Mrs A Farmer in Washford.

Communal: Mr & Mrs A Irish in Minehead.

Sustainable/wildlife: Mrs T S Payne in Brushford.

Children’s: Joint first prize – Maiya Binding in Washford & Frankie Baro in Watchet.

Most improved: Mr W Duck in Washford.

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