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Weeding out the competition


Published by Neil Shaefer for Durham Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association in Housing

The pot plant competition winners The pot plant competition winners

Residents in a Country Durham street are celebrating after becoming the first group to win a housing association’s annual gardening competition.

Traditionally, first prize in the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) pot plant competition is awarded to an individual.

But judges in this year’s competition were so impressed with the combined efforts of people living in Hopper Street, Easington, that they awarded the prize to the entire street.

This is only the second time in the history of the competition that first prize has been given to a group of people.

Brian Stobbs, DAMHA’s Head of Asset Management, said: “We were very impressed with the effort people living in Hopper Street had put into their gardens so it seemed only right to award first prize to everyone.

“The gardens are spectacular and really do have the wow factor.”

The Hopper Street residents, who will share gardening vouchers worth £50, are delighted that their efforts have been recognised.

Speaking on behalf of the residents, Hazel Whinn said: “Everybody has put a lot of work into their gardens this year so it is lovely to be recognised like this. We will be spending the money on compost ready for next year.”

Second prize went to Norma Savage of Shotleyfield View, Consett and third prize was awarded to Patricia and Karl Kavanagh, of Joseph Patterson Crescent, Ferryhill. Both received runners-up prizes this year of £25 worth of vouchers.

Mr Stobbs added: “The standard of entries never ceases to amaze us and in an ideal world we would like to give prizes to everyone.

“We would like to thank all those that entered the competition for all their hard work and dedication to making their gardens and homes look nice.”

This year’s competition was judged by Mr Stobbs, DAMHA President Gordon Parkin and Vice-President Norman Hardy.


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