Very well done to Major John Rose and Coral O’Shaughnessy, who were recently commended in the inaugural Garden Challenge, held across all the homes. In a competition that began in January and then blossomed over many months, this particularly lovely project saw residents and staff nurturing their horticultural projects together in a great spirit of co-operation and fun.
We are certainly more green-fingered now than when we started, as it was very beneficial to share so much knowledge and experience at Avondale. Thank you for everyone who took part, put in suggestions and helped with planning. The awards were presented on September 24 by Frances Tophill, from ITV’s Love Your Garden. Astbury Mere were the overall winners. Congratulations to all the winners and commended entries. It certainly defines what it is to grow together! Now we are really looking forward to the next Garden Challenge in 2016. Time to start planning!