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Published August 26th 2020
Come wind, rain or shine, Tamworth's gardens are lovely
Everything in the garden is blooming! Well, it clearly is if Tamworth in Staffordshire is anything to go by, as illustrated by these fabulous garden creations. Each year, Tamworth Borough Council holds a 'Best in Bloom' competition to encourage green-fingered residents in the borough to make their gardens blooming marvellous and help Tamworth with the annual Heart of England in Bloom competition. Due to the Covid-19 crisis Tamworth in Bloom unfortunately had to be cancelled this year. However, the local authority decided it would still go ahead with some sort of competition to honour all those stunning residents' gardens around the borough. It invited budding Monty Dons to send in photos of their prized gardens, and the green-fingered winner of this year's individual garden competition has now been chosen.
Many local people took up the challenge of entering the 'virtual' Tamworth in Bloom competition, with the judging panel agreeing that the standard this year was one of the best they had ever seen. Despite the varied weather, which has seen heatwaves followed by long periods of rain, lockdown has seemingly improved the quality of gardens, with more people than usual having time to spend caring for their outdoor spaces. The decision was so hard that the panel has chosen an overall winner and two highly commended.
The top prize has gone to Joanne Brennan from Hazelgarth in Glascote, who receives £100 worth of Planters vouchers. Her garden was described as an excellent example of how you can create an amazing, affordable space, and how you can utilise smaller areas to provide bio-diversity and attract wildlife such as bees, butterflies and other pollinator insects. The use of recycling objects, a bug hotel and a lovely vegetable garden with the recycled use of washing-up bowls and wellies, attracted the judging panel to this lovely open space. Highly commended places have been given to Mr and Mrs Masters in Belgrave and Nerma Williams in Coton Green. The Masters garden brilliantly uses recycled objects including painted tyre planters with beautiful bedding plants, while Nerma's garden has mature open spaces full of planting, greenery and immaculate cut lawns.
Presenting this year's certificates, socially distanced, of course, will be the Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Rosemary Claymore, who said: "Bloom is an important part of the environment of our town and you can see that lots of hard work and effort has been put in by many residents across the borough this year. Lockdown has meant we couldn't visit friends or family or book holidays, but we have been able to enjoy our gardens and spend time making our own little paradise. I look forward to meeting Joanne, Mr and Mrs Masters, and Nerma to present them with their certificates. It was a really hard decision as all the entries were beautiful and deserve to be recognised."