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East Boro Blooms Thanks to Green-Fingered Tenants

BARRY Bowditch is celebrating a blooming good summer.

The green-fingered Weymouth resident scooped top prize in a prestigious gardening competition.

East Boro, which specialises in providing housing and support services for adults with learning disabilities, held its annual East Boro in Bloom event, attracting entries from tenants and customers across Dorset.

Barry, 26, took the best overall garden award in the south and west of the county after turning an empty rear space into a blaze of colour.

He said: “There was nothing in my garden nine months ago except for a strip of lawn and a pathway. So what I did was plan out what I wanted and then saved a bit of money each week to buy my plants.

“I did potted plants, hanging baskets, bedding plants, roses and firs and I also grew vegetables and herbs which I now use for cooking.

“I was really surprised when they told me I’d won the best garden but really proud and
pleased as well.”

East Boro has over 50 housing schemes across Dorset and other Weymouth winners included Liz Hawksworth (hanging basket), Bex Chapman (potted plant) and Sally Browning (potted plant).

East Boro Board member and competition judge, Gill Slade, said the standard of entries were ‘outstanding’.

“I was truly impressed by all the entries” she explained, “and judging was certainly not easy. All the gardens were outstanding and in my book, everyone was a winner.

“East Boro in Bloom is a wonderful competition as it encourages our residents to get stuck in, be creative and produce something they can be proud of.

“The results were truly outstanding and I would like to congratulate everyone who took part.”

Date Posted: Thursday 14th August 2014 @ 12:50