Hard work pays off for green fingered residents

A local gardening competition has recognised the hard work of residents making a special effort with their gardens this summer.

City of Lincoln Council’s Neighbourhood Working Team hosted the ‘In Bloom’ event in Abbey, Birchwood, Ermine, Moorland and St Giles in order to acknowledge those devoted gardeners who go the extra mile with their outdoor spaces. The initiative aims to encourage residents to take pride in their community and contribute towards making their neighbourhood a cleaner and more colourful area.

Lewis Lanham, Community Caretaker for Lincoln South, says: “The competition is inspired by the success of Abbey in Bloom, which has been running for two years. In our area we opted for a ‘nominate your neighbour’ approach to encourage those who might otherwise be reluctant to put themselves forward. I’ve really enjoyed working with resident volunteers to recognise those who are committed to brightening up their street.”

The city council would like to thank Tesco for donating materials to use at planting workshops in the run up to the competition, as well as pupils from Monks Abbey Primary School for helping to create the In Bloom logo.

The winner of Best Garden in Abbey, Marcia Townsend, has lived in her home since 1969 and is dedicated to keeping her garden looking its best. She said of the competition, that it is an excellent incentive for people to start growing.