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Keen gardeners taking pride in their patch

Uttlesford District Council's annual Tenants' & Leaseholders' Garden Competition was another blooming success.

Best Garden Competition Winners

The competition, sponsored by Breheny Civil Engineering, was open to all council tenants and leaseholders and drew lots of entries in the categories of Best Garden, Best Hanging Basket/Tub, Best Communal Garden, and Tallest Sunflower.

The winners were presented with their prizes by Kirsty Warner, Business Development Associate at Breheny. Kirsty said: "It was a great pleasure to attend and present the prizes to all the worthy winners who took part in the garden competition. The competition is such a great idea and what people have created is beautiful - they should be very proud of themselves."

This year's winners were:

· Best Garden - This award went to Dunmow resident David Sweeting whose garden was selected for the way it mixed planting and structures, and the range of plants and variety of produce. David received an apple tree and a £50 voucher.

· Best Hanging Basket/Tub - Michael Marshall, of Dunmow, won this category for the colour and vigour of his hanging baskets of begonias. He received a £50 voucher and a cotoneaster tree.

· Best Communal Garden - This award went to the residents of Knights Way, Dunmow for the planting scheme and use of colours. David Child and Edward Emery accepted the prize of £100 voucher and an apple tree on behalf of the residents.

· Tallest Sunflower - For the second year running this award went to Barry Richardson, of Saffron Walden, after his tallest sunflower measured in at over 9ft. Barry received a £50 voucher.

The competition was judged by Steve King, the council's grounds maintenance supervisor. Steve said: "Every garden had its individual merits and the quality of entrants this year made it even harder to pick the winners. It was wonderful to see the results of people's ideas come to life through fauna, and the encouragement this gives for insects and wildlife hold their own merits.

"I would like to thank Breheny for sponsoring the competition and offering their support in promoting the event."