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This year’s winners of our glorious gardens competition are revealed

Our ever-popular Glorious Gardens competition attracted a record number of entries this year, with more than 30 people submitting entries across three categories.

With prizes on offer ranging from £100 B&Q vouchers to outside lighting, competition was high among entrants.

Every single photograph that was submitted was put before a judging panel of five, with each entry scored out of 35.

Judges praised the creativity, passion and thought that had gone into the entries.

Chris Oakley, from Lincoln, claimed top spot in the containers category. Judges said his entry was well planned, with a nice mix of colours.

He said: “This is amazing news. We’ve always loved our garden and we’ve worked hard to make it our own special place.

“The gift card will be put towards a new tree for the front garden!”

Bob Wheatley took first prize in the individual gardens category. He’s already got plans for his garden for next year, and we’re looking forward to seeing them come to fruition.

He added: “It feels really good to win, but ultimately we do it for us to enjoy!”

Bob beat last year’s winner, Robert De La Cruz, who finished in second place this year. Robert said: “I’m humbled being recognised for a second year in the Glorious Gardens competition.

“This competition really celebrates our shared passion for cultivating nature’s beauty and I’m really grateful to have been part of it.

“The prize will come in tremendously handy as my new project requires paint, a steady hand and written permission from my wife! Archways are my theme for next year.

“I can’t wait to see the beauty that next year’s competition brings.”

Residents at Dean Street in Oakham claimed first place in the shared gardens category. Judges said their entry really brightened up the outside space and that it looked like an inviting place to spend time in.

Fiona entered on behalf of the residents and said: “It’s so amazing that we’ve won! “I can’t wait to tell all the other residents who have contributed and worked on the garden this year – they’ll be delighted.”

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition. Following unanimous feedback, we’re delighted to say Glorious Gardens will be returning again next year, so keep an eye on The Hub for further details.

Containers category

Gardens with flowers

First: Chris Oakley, Lincoln, Second: Cherry Cort, Humberstone, Third: Doreen Cox, Birmingham

Individual gardens category

Gardens with plants and flowers

First: Bob Wheatley, Rushden, Second: Robert De La Cruz, Humberstone, Third: Tracey Day, Rushden

Shared gardens category

Shared gardens with flowers and plants

First: Dean Street, Second: Oakham Nairn Close, Third: Nuneaton Tivoli Gardens, Grimsby.

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