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2016 Cultivation Street Specialist Categories Winners Announced!!

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After much hard work and deliberation, the expert judges for the Cultivation Street campaign have decided on winners for each specialist category.

The three specialist categories in 2016 were:

  • Small Spaces – We were looking for a small space that had been transformed into a mini garden. This could be a holiday caravan plot, allotment patch or balcony. The winner receives a £1000 prize.
  • Front Gardens – For front gardens we were looking for an eye catching front garden design that is admired by neighbours and brings together people in a community. The best front garden receives a £1000 prize.
  • Schools – We were looking for three school gardens that stand out by assisting young people entering different stages of their lives and education. 1st prize – £2000, 2nd prize – £1000, 3rd prize – £500
  • Cultivation Street Ambassador of the year – Rewarded to a Cultivation street garden centre ambassador who has given best support and advice to their local communities gardening projects and school gardens. 1st prize – £250, 2nd prize – £150, 3rd prize – £100

Take a look at our winners, and I hope they will inspire you to take an involvement in a community gardening project, or even start your own! Help make Britain a greener place to live and enjoy, for generations to come.

Our regional winners were announced last week – see them here.

Click on each winner for more info:

Best School Garden

1st Prize £2000 

St Gregory’s Catholic Science College 

Over the last six years, St Gregory’s school garden has been transformed from two areas of unused wasteland into a thriving Eco Garden. This is now used for various educational purposes not only for St Gregory’s pupils, but also for pupils from local primary schools and a children’s nursery school.

Best School Garden 

2nd prize £1000 

Chaucer Junior School

The gardening club at Chaucer Junior School has been running for the past 13 years. The club initially started with six pupils, there are now around 100, roughly half the school. The pupils range from 7 to 11 years old. The pupils grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits and flowers.

Best School Garden 

3rd prize £500 

Dormers Wells Educational Garden 

Dormers Wells school introduced Horticulture as a self-esteem project for pupils who were struggling in main stream education. It enabled them to take pride in what they grew and to practice some unique skills to a school environment. They now offer Horticulture as a subject option!

Joint winner of the ‘small spaces’ category  

Laura Greenan – £1000

Laura and her sister live in a terraced house on a busy street with a small 5m x 5m front garden. They have used every inch to make the most out of this space. The produce from the garden is a favourite with the local kids who pick the berries on their walks from school.

Joint winner of the ‘small spaces’ category

Haven Caister Holiday Park – £1000

Holiday home owners come together to create beautiful displays across the site at Caister. Members of the gardening club have taken to planting in anything they can: hanging baskets, raised beds, and even a boat! 

Front gardens category winner

Ray Foley – £1000

He has been tending to the front garden outside his block of flats for years, and after a family bereavement, almost gave up. His children convinced him to focus again and now he’s created a bright and beautiful garden for all to enjoy using interesting shaped planters that he has created himself.

Cultivation Street Ambassador of the Year

1st prize £250

Miles Butterworth – Notcutts

Miles is an outstanding Ambassador and has helped many people in the local community with their gardening projects. He has helped create sensory gardens and arranged for bulb donations to schools for children to plant and nuture.

Cultivation Street Ambassador of the Year

2nd prize £150

Zoe Stanmore – Dobbies

After realising that many of the children in her Little Seedling Club (Dobbies’ Kids’ gardening club) were unable to put any of their new found skills to use due to not having a garden at home, Zoe decided to do something about it.

Cultivation Street Ambassador of the Year

3rd prize £100

Katie Eckley – Old Railway Line

At the Old Railway Line Garden Centre in Brecon, Katie has helped to bring the community together. Their staff have encouraged customers to enter the Cultivation Street campaign and have also met with several interested community groups.

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