21 November 2016
The recent awards evening congratulated FCHO winning gardens along with the winners from Oldham Council private gardens and allotments, combined with Regenda and Village winners too. The Mayor of Oldham, Derek Heffernen presented the prizes with Joe Swift, Broadcaster and host of Chelsea Flower Show. Clive Newton, Emanuel Whittaker – Main Sponsor for FCHO, presented the overall winner. The winners enjoyed a two course meal and entertainment as well as receiving their prize. The judges, Diane Drinkwater and Andrew Mullington, judged all the gardens using a range of categories. They looked at variety of plants, the types of plants used as well as health and upkeep. They looked for a 'wow' factor, but also for gardens they'd love to spend more time in. There was a wide variety of planting across the borough, reflecting many different gardening styles. It was a pleasure to visit so many beautiful gardens again as judges. For both the judges it has been interesting seeing how gardens are changed year on year; with some gardeners bringing new features and adding extra interest to the garden so it feels fresh each year. Some gardens are developing each year with their new gardeners as they find their feet and grow with their gardens. From a babbling stream in a small back garden, to beautiful triumphant blooms of all shades imaginable, the gardens of Oldham have been a real treat to visit this year.
The winners are:
Young Gardener of the Year - sponsored by Savills
Aimee Bone – Carr Lane, Greenfield
Most Improved Garden – in memory of Harry Burns, Chair “Harry Burns Memorial Award”
Fozia Ehsan - Byland Avenue, Alt
Best community garden category
Best Community Garden of the Year – Oldham West – sponsored by Landscape Engineering Ltd
Mr Eamon Boulton, garden on Anchor Street, Coldhurst
Best Community Garden of the Year – Oldham East – sponsored by CDP
Mrs Sheila Cronley, Beech Avenue, Greenfield.
Best Community Garden of the Year – Oldham and the Rest – sponsored by CDP
Mary Nixon, Evelyn Caveney, Irene Banks and Thelma Kellock – Tavern Court, Failsworth
Baskets/containers/balconies – sponsored by Savills
Oldham West - Derek Thompson, Ruth Street