The 2020 Garden Competition has brought with it another beautiful selection of gardens! From colourful pot plants to blossoming back gardens, it is wonderful to see what our customers make of their outside space.
For those lucky enough to have a garden, the lovely weather during lockdown has given us the opportunity to spend more time in them, and for many becoming an outdoor haven with many of us springing into action to spruce up our green space.
Our garden competition aims to recognise and reward those customers who go the extra mile, creating gardens that improve the look of their outdoor space and local area.
It’s been a popular annual event with customers year in year out, with many entrants coming back with wonderful new displays every year.
Best individual garden winner
Scott and Lisa from Runcorn
Scott and Lisa, who only moved into their home 18 months ago, entered the competition after seeing it advertised on Facebook. They have transformed their garden, making it unrecognisable from when they first moved in. With most of the work undertaken during the lockdown, Scott and Lisa with the help of friends and family have levelled the garden up, added new turf, new borders for flowers and plants and a new seating area at the rear of the garden. Their young daughter has also helped plant vegetables such as carrots and broccoli allowing her to learn about where food comes from.
Best communal garden winner
Brunswick House communal garden
The Brunswick House Communal Garden was renovated in 2015. The project was started in July 2014 by Ann Burns and Brian Street who along with other residents worked tirelessly to raise funds to rejuvenate the garden, laying the foundations for future residents to maintain. The communal garden provides residents with an area where they can sit and relax, particularly as lockdown eases. The garden has also benefited from new furniture including tables, chairs and cushioned benches. Achieving the first prize is a fitting accolade to Brian and the Memory of Ann who sadly passed away in 2016.
Ann Charlesworth, collecting the certificate on behalf of residents at Brunswick House.
The gardens were judged by Halton Housing’s Customer Forum. Winners received gardening vouchers to spend on some extra additions to their beautiful gardens.
Halton Housing Customer Engagement Officer, Debbie Jameson said: “Every year the entries for our garden competition just keep getting better and better! In this period of uncertainty, it’s been great to see customers turning to nature and growing things — both big and small. We’d like to thank everyone who entered this year’s competition for all your hard work.”
Next year we want even more customers to get involved and show off your beautiful blooms in the garden!
Health benefits of gardening
Gardening can provide many and varied benefits, including:
Fresh air, exercise and change of environment – contributing to increased strength and stamina and improved appetite and sleeping habits.
Improving co-ordination/motor skills from activities like sowing and picking.
Boosts to vitamin D, important for bone health and combatting depression.
Sensory stimuli, which are especially beneficial to dementia sufferers and can ease symptoms, improving memory and reducing agitation.
Encouraging people to reconnect with an activity they enjoy, invoke forgotten memories and help in the creation of life histories.
A sense of pride and achievement can be developed which can be shared with employees, visitors and the wider community.
A valuable perspective can be gained from the cycle of sowing, planting, nurturing and harvesting and benefits personal health and wellbeing.
Encourages other activities such as reading, flower arranging, painting and photography.
Social interaction with others, which can combat loneliness.
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