Gentoo’s Gardening Competition winners announced

The winner of the Group’s annual Gardening Competition has been revealed by this year’s judging panel.

Mrs Susan Cook, who lives at 10 Bonaventure in Penshaw, was chosen as the overall winner of the Gardening Competition for her beautiful seaside themed front garden.

Lead judge, Albert Sawyer-Copus was joined by Estates Manager, Julie McBurnie, Estate Manager Apprentice, Robyn Longley, along with Sean Maher, Horticultural Manager for Bishopwearmouth Landscapes, who have announced the eight category winners. Judges were particularly impressed with the way Mrs Cook utilised the lack of green floor space in her paved front garden and her creative seaside theme.

Along with Mrs Cook, the judges picked out seven further category winners for Best Kept Garden, Most Improved Garden, Best Communal Garden, Tallest Sunflower, Best Hanging Basket, Best Produce and Best Gentoo Facility. Albert Sawyer-Copus said: “Mrs Cook is a thoroughly deserving winner and we were all really impressed with her garden. The standard for this year’s competition was really impressive and we found it extremely difficult to pick winners for each category. It was amazing to receive 112 applications and the competition’s popularity shows how our customers take so much pride in their gardens.”

The competition, which launched back in April for staff and customers, returned this year following the success and popularity of last year’s competition.

Winners by categories

Tallest Sunflower - Mr Edwards

Blue House Lane - Washington

Best Hanging Basket/Best Planter - Mr Bradley, Durham Street, Hetton-le-Hole

Best Communal Garden, Sheltered Accommodation - Mr Brown, Mr Anderson, Mrs Burlinson, Mr Ridley, Ms Parkin and Mr Taylor

Best Kept Garden - Mr Potts, Urban Gardens, Washington

Most Improved Garden - Mrs Wilson, Devon Street, Hetton-le-Hole

Best Produce - Mrs Wilson, Devon Street, Hetton-le-Hole

Overall Winner - Mrs Cook, Bonaventure, Penshaw

Thank you to everyone who took part and well done to the winners.