Green-fingered resident wins the prize for a blooming lovely garden


The green-fingered winner of this year’s individual garden competition has now been revealed as part of this year’s bloom campaign.

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. But, as we know, due to the Covid-19 crisis Tamworth in Bloom has been cancelled this year, however, Tamworth Borough Council decided we should still honour all those stunning residents’ gardens around the borough.

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It’s been raining, stormy, windy and sunny the past few months and our gardens have loved it! Bursting with colour; encouraging bees and wildlife; Tamworth has been blooming marvellous.

Many take up the challenge and the standard this year was one of the best the Tamworth in Bloom panel have seen! Lockdown has indeed improved the quality of our gardens, with more people than usual having time to spend caring for their outdoor spaces. The decision was so hard that the panel have chosen an overall winner and two highly commended.

We are happy to reveal that Joanne Brennan from Hazelgarth in Glascote, has been awarded as this year’s Tamworth in Bloom Resident Winner, receiving a top prize of £100 worth of Planters vouchers.

Joanne’s garden is 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 pollinator insects. The use of recycling objects, a bug hotel and a lovely vegetable garden with the recycled use of washing-up bowels 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 has the brilliant use of recycled objects including painted tyre planters with beautiful bedding plants. Nerma’s garden has mature open space full of planting, greenery and immaculate cut lawns, a truly relaxing haven.

Presenting this year’s certificates, socially distanced, will be the Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Rosemary Claymore. She 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. Well done Tamworth!”

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