THERE was bloomin’ great success for Saddleworth residents and businesses alike at the ‘Growing Together’ awards.
The glittering awards ceremony was held once more at Smokies Hotel in November, organised by First Choice Homes Oldham in partnership with Oldham Council and hosted by well-known gardener Toby Buckland.
Toby said: “The event is such a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together and share their experiences and tips. I would be delighted to attend the event again.”
There was double delight for Thomas Adamson and Doreen Tetlow from Grasscroft, who were Private Gardens Merit Award and also took home Overall Winner Private Garden – repeating their success from last year.
The pair have clinched numerous awards over 14 years for their beautiful garden, which features luscious lawns, veg trugs, bright flowers and a unique Saddleworth signpost.
Recently, they held an open day there which was a great success, attended by around 70 and raising £870.90 for the British Heart Foundation.
Thomas said: “A lot of hard work goes into it each year and we’re delighted to win these prizes.”
Thomas and Doreen’s garden was also visited by top judges this summer as part of Oldham’s entry into Britain in Bloom after they were named one of the top private gardens in the borough last year.
Also coming away with a gong was The Old Original at Scouthead, which was crowned ‘Best Blooming Business’.
The pub said a massive amount of work went in this year and the prestigious award is great recognition for all the hard labour by landlord Tom Harrop, some regular customers and Angela and James Kenny of the Toll House Garden Centre, Dobcross.
The overall winners for First Choice Homes Oldham were Dorothy and Stanley Gordon from Brooks Drive in Failsworth who received their award from Clive Newton, Managing Director from event sponsor Emanuel Whittaker’s.
Other awards presented included Most Improved Garden, Young Gardener of the Year and Best Community Garden of the Year.
Cllr Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives at Oldham Council, said: “All the awards were well deserved and the effort from the community always makes me proud of Oldham.
“The ceremony gave gardeners the chance to show off their open spaces and have some fun after all the hard work they have put in over the last few months.
“The event grows in popularity every year and the commitment from residents helps make our borough look beautiful.”