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Aug 22 2012

Estates in Bloom 2012 – Winners Announced

The winners of Harrow Council’s 2012 ‘Estates in Bloom’ competition were announced last week at a tea party in the Mayor’s parlour.

The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail welcomed the finalists who had all been shortlisted for their prize blooms.

This year the top spoils were awarded to Grange Farm Estate, for the second year in a row. The winners of the Federation Cup, which recognises excellence in floral displays in sheltered housing, went to Sinclair House.

Portfolio Holder for Housing at Harrow Council, Cllr Bob Currie said:

“This has been another great year for Harrow Council’s Estates in Bloom competition which showcases the great pride our tenants and leaseholders have in their gardens and homes.

“The competition is about a lot more than just gardening, it supports the great community spirit in the borough, an important factor in building united neighbourhoods for the future.”

Grange Farm Estate retained its title of overall winners for two years in a row.

Green fingered Sarah Naran says their success is due to the volume of tenants and leaseholders who get involved on the estate. They also hinted that they were now motivated to go for the ‘hat trick’ of three in a row next year.

“I would say over 40 people have been involved this year. From age two to 75 years, people of all ages have contributed and we are delighted to have won again. Last year it came as a bit of a surprise that we won, this year we were determined to keep the cup.”

The winning blooms had an Olympic theme as well as a large G & F display in bright flowers.

“One of the best things about the competition for us is that it’s brought everyone together. You can get to know your neighbours properly when you are involved in something like this,” she added.

Winners of the best blooms in sheltered housing went to Sinclair House this year. A block that had been runner-up previously, but this year made the leap to the winners podium.

“Everyone will be really pleased, they all wished us luck and were hoping for a win. We were runners up before, so to win this time is great,” described Sinclair tenant and keen gardener, Shelia Allcock.

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