Green fingered residents of Ankermoor Court sheltered housing scheme in Bolehall are celebrating after taking top honours in a hotly-contested gardening competition.
Six sheltered housing schemes battled it out for the top prize in this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition, run by Tamworth Borough Council.
Competition for the top title is always very fierce, with gardeners in all the schemes working hard throughout the year to ensure that their scheme is the best.
This year, the sheltered schemes battling it out were Ankermoor Court, Annandale, Bright Crescent, Cheatle Court, Glenfield, and Oakendale.
Top prize went to Ankermoor Court, in recognition of the large amount of effort which has gone into creating new planting areas and features.
The judges said: “Ankermoor Court residents have gone the extra mile this year with their floral improvements, planting out many more areas and creating stunning new features. The hanging baskets that welcome you on arrival are beautiful and the rear gardens have undergone a floral transformation, with many of the residents planting outside their flats. The peaceful gardens provide a lovely place to sit and enjoy all the hard work.”
Presenting the winners with their prize of £50 worth of Wilkinson’s vouchers, Chairman of Tamworth in Bloom, John Garner, said: “All of our sheltered schemes are looking wonderful and the amount of hard work the residents put in to keeping them looking so beautiful is incredible.”
He added: “Each of the schemes is bright and welcoming, but the gardens at Ankermoor Court really are spectacular, and that is why they have won first prize. I would like to thank everyone at all of the schemes who works so hard on making the gardens look so lovely.”
And it was double delight for green-fingered Ankermoor Court residents, when Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive Anthony Goodwin announced a surprise at the presentation – providing the cash for a tool shed where the gardening club can keep their equipment.
John Collis is chairman of the gardening club at Ankermoor Court said: “It is a real communal effort here to keep the gardens looking so nice all the year round. We are really grateful to the support we get from Tamworth Borough Council – and delighted that we are being given a shed to keep all our gardening equipment in.”
“We are all thrilled to bits to have won first prize”