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26 September 2011, Gardening ‘Oscars’ award winners announced

Lambeth’s gardening enthusiasts gathered at Lambeth Town Hall last Thursday (September 22), for the annual Estates in Bloom award ceremony, where the borough’s top gardeners received an award for their horticultural efforts and floral displays.

With more than 130 entrants this year, the efforts of the borough’s gardening enthusiasts brightened Lambeth’s housing estates, streets and open spaces over the summer months. This is the eleventh consecutive year that the competition has been run, and with seven categories ranging from domestic balcony display through to sheltered scheme garden and young gardener, all ages, tastes, interests and abilities were catered for. There was also a prize for an overall winner.

The competition has proved hugely popular with the borough’s amateur gardeners, with entries increasing year-on-year.

The Estates in Bloom prize-winners for 2011 are:

  • Domestic grassed garden - May Horscroft and Edwin Monteverde
  • Domestic paved garden – David Purse
  • Domestic balcony display or container display - Michael Bromley
  • Community garden – Kilner House
  • Sheltered housing scheme garden – Chaplin Close
  • Best kept estate – Arlington Lodge
  • Young gardener – Teagon Gregory-Weekes
  • Overall winner – Teagon Gregory-Weekes

Competition winners were awarded with a winners’ certificate and a gardening voucher.

Ten year old Teagon Gregory-Weekes, Estates in Bloom 2011 overall winner said: “I was really surprised to have won, but I’m over the moon. I love gardening, especially planting and seeing things grow, and I love learning about new plants.”

Mr. Gregory-Weekes, added: “Teagon has always been interested in gardening, and she spends a lot of her spare time after school in the garden. We are really pleased that she’s won the whole competition – we’re chuffed”.

Lambeth London Living Chief Executive, Neil Litherland said: ”The floral displays on estates have been amazing. The level of gardening expertise that tenants have displayed is second to none, and has made a huge contribution to brightening up the local environment.

“I am particularly delighted that the competition has been won this year by one of our younger tenants - I hope that her win encourages other young people to pick up their gardening tools to enter Estates in Bloom 2012.”