Blooming marvellous: Winners announced for annual gardening competition in Sunderland

We recently celebrated the efforts of our green fingered tenants in our annual gardening competition.

The annual competition, which is now into its fifth year, received more than 50 entries from Sunderland residents hoping to show off their garden transformations.

After two days of judging from our estates management team and the competitions sponsors, ENGIE, five awards were given to tenants across the city who had made a major impact to their garden and the area they live.

Lockdown allowed many people spent extra time in their gardens, and in Washington a group of residents from Ayton used the time to transform their communal outdoor space into a welcoming courtyard filled with vibrant flowers and solar decorations.

The group were awarded ‘Best Neighbourhood Garden’ from the judges and received praise from local residents for their efforts to improve the space.

Scooping first place was Mr and Mrs Wilson from Hetton-le-Hole, who received a £100 voucher for Bishopwearmouth Garden Centre for their garden that feature vegetable patches and a handmade potting shed where Mrs Wilson creates her own Jams and condiments from the fruit she grows.

  • 1st Place – Mrs Christine Wilson and Mr Derek Wilson
  • 2nd Place - Mr George Crosby and Mrs Pauline Crosby
  • 3rd Place – Mrs Phillip Groccott
  • Best neighbourhood garden – Ayton residents
  • Special recognition award – Mr Alan Bradley

Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo Group said:

“Our annual gardening competition is always great opportunity to recognise and reward our tenants who take extra care of their gardens.

“This year’s competition was especially important as so many more people have spent time in their gardens and outdoor spaces during the Covid-19 lockdown, and the results of their hard work are brilliant to see.”

Amy Porter, CSR Manager at ENGIE said:

 “As a business, we’re focused on working with partners, like Gentoo, to improve the environment we live in and it’s great to support such a fun project like this – everyone can get involved and it has really helped to transform communities and neighbourhoods across Sunderland.

“We’ve been involved with this competition for a number of years now and it was a pleasure to help with the judging and see such wonderful gardens and community areas. Everyone has worked so hard and it was extremely difficult to pick the winners.

“I was particularly proud to be able to hand over the special ENGIE Award, which recognises where a community has come together to revamp a garden and it was very unique this year, as the winners transformed the garden during lockdown, creating a beautiful communal area for the rest of the community to enjoy.”

The annual competition launches in spring each year and is announced on the our website and social media accounts.