Garden Greatness from Spectrum Residents in Devon at Annual Awards
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Communities
Howard Rose with Community Forum Members and competition entrants.
Spectrum Housing Group residents from across the South West have been given prizes at an annual awards event in honour of their fantastic gardening skills.
The award ceremony took place on the afternoon of Thursday 29th August at St. Sidwells Community Centre in Exeter. The ceremony recognised the very best gardeners from the Devon area, and saw winners named for a number of different categories.
Earlier this year, Spectrum Housing Group residents were invited to nominate their gardens for the annual awards event in eight different areas: small garden, large garden, communal garden, floral content/planting scheme, hanging baskets/containers, vegetable/fruit patch, young gardener (16 and under), and wildlife garden. In total, over 80 entries were received from residents across the region, with entries coming from as far and wide as Exmouth, Plymouth and Torquay.
Resident Involvement Officer Lisa Elford, who ran the competition explained "The annual gardening competition is a much loved event with residents enjoying tending their plants and flowers throughout the year and then celebrating together and sharing gardening tips.”
Devon+ Community Forum judged the annual event and Howard Rose, Board Member of Spectrum Housing Group, presented the winners with their certificates prizes. The 1st place taking a £20 gift voucher, 2nd place a £15 gift voucher and 3rd place winning a £10 gift voucher.
A special thank you, along with a presentation, was given to all the residents who had signed up to become a 'Responsible Resident' and part of a Grounds Maintenance project to monitor the service provided by a Spectrum Housing Group contractor.
Information was shared about how any resident can be involved with Spectrum Housing Group if they wish as part of their on-going commitment to putting Residents at the Heart. A Spectrum Officer said “Events like these are important as it allows us to thank residents for giving up their time to feed-back on our services, which in turn helps us to improve services for all our residents."
Residents also enjoyed an afternoon tea with fresh Devon scones and of course, much debate was had regarding the ‘jam or cream first’ traditions.
Laurel Court residents entered and hoped for a successful day “We all enjoy doing our gardens and enjoy seeing all the colours. It is very hard work and I sincerely hope this is appreciated by all the judges”. It certainly was with the judges placing Laurel Court as 1st place in the communal garden category.
There was a great deal of healthy competition amongst residents – but they were particularly pleased with the concept of the event. One resident, Alan Cheyne said, "I am amazed at how much Spectrum Housing Group encourage residents to be involved and in so many different ways too. It's great!"
Keen teenage gardener Michael Gale received special recognition on the day as he took home two prizes for his garden entry. Including Young Gardener of the Year and Best Fruit and Vegetable Patch. Resident Keith Terrell was also celebrating after receiving a High Recommendation from the Judges.
The first place winners for each category were:
- Small Garden: Shane Beard, Torquay
- Large Garden: Alan & Linda Wingate, Plymouth
- Communal: Laurel Court Residents, Plymouth
- Floral Content/Planting Scheme: Graham Birch, Plymouth
- Hanging Baskets/Container: Martin & Cynthia Lee, Exmouth
- Veg/Fruit Patch: Michael Gale, Exeter
- Young Gardener U16: Michael Gale, Exeter
- Highly Commended: Keith Terrell, Plymouth