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Blooming success for garden winners in competition

GREEN-fingered residents from across the Stafford Borough are celebrating after their gardens scooped the top prizes in Stafford and Rural Homes’ garden competition.

Shelia Hagan-Clay, of Swinburne Close, in Highfields, claimed the award for best back garden and Herbert Murfin, of The Uplands, in Great Heywood, took the best front garden title.

“To find out that we had won first prize for our front garden was overwhelming, we couldn’t believe it,” said Herbert Murfin.

Best communal garden was awarded to Shelia Franks, from Manor Court, who was put forward in the competition by her neighbour Dawn Appleton.

The winners in these categories were presented with £150 in shopping vouchers in a special awards ceremony held at SARH’s headquarters at the Rurals, on Monday, September 26.

David Kingsbury, of Ivy House Drive, scooped the award for Best Allotment/Vegetable Garden.

The best hanging basket/container or window box award went to Reginald and Dorothy Cooper, of Second Avenue, and the award for best communal border went to Roy Brocklehurst, of Longhope Drive, in Stone.

They each received £75 in shopping vouchers.

Four customers who helped judge the competition, Rod and Ruth Knott and John and Jean Richardson, also received a voucher and a certificate for their hard work.

SARH received 66 entries in the competition across all the categories and next year it hopes even more customers who enjoy gardening will get involved.

Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “We organised this competition to say thank you to our customers for taking such great care of their gardens and helping to make their local communities a brighter and more attractive place to live.

“The entries this year were fantastic and I’ve enjoyed meeting with all the winners and speaking to them about their passion for gardening.”

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