Hints & Tips
A housing association in Lancashire has held a fiercely competitive gardening competition.
New Progress Housing residents were asked to try their best to outdo each other's topiary, flowers and bushes so they could walk away with one of six coveted awards.
Categories included most attractive garden, best hanging basket and most productive vegetable patch and there some absolute stunners on display, according to the Lancashire Evening Post.
Glenys Richmond of Penwortham, for example, impressed judges with an amazing display of flowers, while a trio – Mrs Dilworth, Gardener and Spiby – living within a stone's throw of each other won a communal garden category.
Winners were given vouchers and certificates to award them for their hard work and next year's exposition is expected to be even more competitive than this year's.
Bernie Keenan, executive director of housing, community and support services at Progressive Housing Group, said: "We really appreciate the amount of work and effort people put into their gardens.
"They provide pleasure to many residents in the neighbourhood and by taking care of their own gardens they raise standards and also encourage others to do the same."
Gardening competitions at housing associations have become a popular way of improving landscapes in less well-off areas in recent years and having an attractive front-yard is a sure fire way to easily improve property values in an area – hence Progressive's enthusiasm over this year's event.
People with smaller gardens looking to keep their lawns trim and in good shape while cutting down on expenditure will love MowDIRECT's Handy THHM 12 inch Hand Cylinder mower.
This device doesn't need petrol or even electricity, using the power of the user's motion to mow a lawn.
Buy one today for just £47.50 (including VAT) and you're sure to be the talk of the neighbourhood, especially if you want to show off your ability to cut carbon emissions while maintaining the best front garden in town!