Weaver Vale Housing Trust has been celebrating its customers’ brightest and best gardens.
Two winners were awarded £100 each after coming out top in the Trust’s Annual Gardening Competition.
Billy Ryan of Dee Square, Wharton, won the best individual garden award while retirement apartment scheme Fountain Court took the communal garden prize.
Billy said he started transforming his garden as a way of encouraging his wife, who had suffered a bout of ill health, to become more active.
He added: “I’ve always been into gardening and think it helps improve your spirits. It feels like we’re out in the garden more than we’re inside the house these days. Lots of people walking past stop and chat while I’m working, so it’s a really social thing too.”
Dianne Sproston, who has led the gardening efforts at Fountain Court along with her sister Margaret Naylor, said: “Everyone at the scheme helps out and we’re really proud of the garden and chuffed to win the award. Gardening can be hard work but when you can go outside and get all the benefits the results are well worth it.”
The awards were presented by Weaver Vale’s chief executive Steve Jennings who said: “So many of our customers really put in the effort to make their gardens beautiful, it was very hard to pick the winners.
“It is well known that gardening improves individual wellbeing but lovely gardens, whatever size or shape, also benefit the whole community.”