Trafford Housing Trust

Green fingered residents grow for it!

22 October 2015

Over the summer, we celebrated the horticultural prowess of customers by hosting our second annual gardening competition, which took place over 2 days, across 16 sites in Trafford and consisted of 5 judges, including a guest judge Tia Loving from Greenfingers Landscape Ltd and Natalie Graburn, the Trust’s Estates Lead.

The winners were chosen as follows:

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Best Communal Garden – Mrs Ann Holt, representing Easedale Road, Altrincham

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Best Back Garden – Mr Harry Bates, Urmston

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Best Front Garden – Mr Ron Jackson, Stretford

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Best Hanging Basket, Container or Window Box – Mrs Jean Winterbottom, Urmston


During the visits, the judges came across a Community Garden in Old Trafford which did not fall into any of the existing categories, yet was worthy of recognition in its own right. A special Community Initiative Award was dedicated to the residents at Pickford Court who over the past 18 months have created a community based garden, including a community allotment for all residents to use, a shed and shared tools to encourage more people to get involved and the area even featured a pond area to encourage wildlife.

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Inspired by the new Pickford Court allotment, the Trust will include a new ‘Grow Your Own’ category in next year’s awards, focusing on residents growing their own fruit and vegetables in support of community initiatives and helping the fight against food poverty. Keep an eye on our website and social media to find out about 2016 Gardening Competition.  – image of grow your own

The awards are important to us at the Trust, as they are an excellent way of rewarding the hard work that goes into maintaining gardens. Gardening is also can impact positively on physical, mental and emotional well-being and we’re looking forward to hosting the awards again next year.

Thank you to all who entered this year, as we really do appreciate al the passion, dedication, hard work and skill that goes into caring for green spaces and garden areas.

We appreciate not everyone is green fingered, so if you are struggling to maintain your garden, contact your Housing Officer to see if they can help. Un-kept gardens are an eyesore, so with Autumn upon us, now is the perfect time to start pruning shrubs back and tiding up your green space.



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