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The Best Balcony award was won by Tom Gleed Best Community Growing Site at Spitalfields City Farm the competition is open to anyone who makes the most of open spaces and is part of a nationwide scheme to encourage people to become interested in plants, wildlife and the environment. The competition has inspired residents to Best Front Garden of J Lazarus make the most of green spaces and to turn even the smallest garden into an idyllic haven. This year the competition received a lot of interest with more than 100 entries. And it was a hat trick for Gary Howes and Andrew Whibley who have won the award for best wildlife garden three times in a row. The Bethnal Green pair also won the overall individual award. Gary said: “Encouraging nature to thrive in the urban jungle that we live in gives us so much pleasure. And we find it very relaxing especially with the hectic lives we lead. I only hope that more people in our borough are encouraged to do the same.” Su Wheldon, from Lady Mico’s Almhouse in Stepney which won the award for best community residential garden, said: “Gardening has always been an important community activity providing companionship, a sense of wellbeing and of course a beautiful environment. “The residents appreciate the Tower Hamlets in Bloom initiative in which to showcase their gardening skills in either their raised individual flower beds or window boxes on their balconies.” Su highlighted residents Astrid Botting, Lyn Ayling and Andy Willoughby for special praise who she said invested a lot of time and effort in ensuring the garden was the best it could be. Thanking the council for the award, Denise Lara from Mudchute Park and Farm Education Project, which won first prize in the best education establishment category, said: “This is on behalf of the children, volunteers and staff of the project. This Tower Hamlets in Bloom winners were pr Best Patio & Container Garden winner Lat award recognises all the hard work achieved.” The winners were invited to an awards ceremony at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park to celebrate their success. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “What I love The winners of the Tower Hamlets in Bloom gardening competition were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Ecology Pavilion, as Shalina Hussain reports. All things bright & beautiful MOVE over Chelsea Flower Show, the gardeners of Tower Hamlets can put on a display to rival the experts. The Tower Hamlets in Bloom competition gives residents the chance to show off their horticultural skills in the council’s annual gardening competition, rewarding those who help to make the borough bright and beautiful. From balconies, community gardens and allotments to patios, businesses and schools, (Left) Best Front Garden by Carolina Kensit (Below) Best Community Garden at Winterton House 16 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 3 – 9 FEBRUARY 2014


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