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Highfields in Bloom

Although winter is almost upon us we’d like to tell you about a Garden competition which was held on Highfields at the end of summer.

Fantastic, brilliant, marvellous, and out of this world  were the words of amazement that came from the judges as they surveyed gardens entered in the HERaTAGE Best Garden Competition.

The competition was well supported by tenants and residents who had worked hard in their gardens to reach the high standards that took the judges completely by surprise. Nobody realised that these superb gardens existed and are a credit to the residents of Highfields. The classes included Best Garden, Best before and After Garden, Best Sunflower grown by children and the Best School Garden.

Judging the competition were Debbie Emmitt, Director of Neighbourhood Services, for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) Steve Higginbottom, a Director of Greenfingers and Joe Hawkins the Head Gardener at Shugborough Hall who all passed on useful hints and tips to the competitors. The Certificates and Prize Vouchers were presented at a special Presentation Evening held at the Highfields Social Club.

Best Garden Winner Erika Ashworth (left)

Runner-up Terence Degg

Best Before and After Garden- Steve Muncaster Yolanda Bradfield

Best Sunflower -Joint Winners Ondres and Irene Jelinek

Runner-up Jake Harvey

Third place Beverley Pittard

Best School Garden – The Grove School

Photos of the gardens and the prize presentations will be made available in the form of a CD or a booklet to competitors and friends.

This was the first garden competition organised by HERaTAGE and was sponsored by SARH, Greenfingers, the grounds maintenance contractor and Wilkinson’s, with prizes in all categories being in the form of Wilkinson gift vouchers. Highfields Social Club supported HERaTAGE by donating the use of the function room free of charge

The Committee of HERaTAGE are already considering a similar competition for next year. Suggestions and ideas for next year would be appreciated and can be sent to the HERaTAGE Projects Officer at either SARH, The Signpost Centre, Auden Way, Highfields, or by e-mail to

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