Community garden in Grantham is judged the very best

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The Thames Road Community Centre has won a gardening competition run by South Kesteven District Council.

The floral display, grown by Bernard Hare, Anne Clark, Susan Kelham, Maggie West and Tony West, won first prize in the competition.

Award winners in a garden competition. The Thames Road Gardening Club members are, from left - Bernard Hare, Anne Clark , Susan Kelham, Maggie West, Tony West. 392D

Award winners in a garden competition. The Thames Road Gardening Club members are, from left - Bernard Hare, Anne Clark , Susan Kelham, Maggie West, Tony West. 392D

The theme was ‘Grow Your Own’ and they responded by growing beans, carrots and cucumbers, as well as a salad wall. Tubs for growing them were donated by members of the community.

The group also won second prize in the Street Scene competition, which judged gardens on how they looked from the street.

Anne said: “Everyone benefits from the competition as it makes the whole community more pleasing. The prize money also goes back into the club.”

The Thames Road group has been entering the competition for five years, and beat the other three community centres competing.

Although the competition is not being held next year, the group has promised to continue maintaining the garden, which belongs to SKDC. Last year, they re-turfed, watered and cut it without any help from the council.

All the members of the group live in retirement homes or supported housing. Anne said gardening keeps everyone active.

She added: “We may be pensioners, but we have the choice between sitting and watching TV all day or going outside and gardening. It keeps us all fit and active.

“I’ve always been interested in gardening, and it’s nice to make the area look better.”

She was also happy with how the display had been treated by the Earlesfield estate community, where it is located.

She said: “We got the respect of the local kids. There has only been one incident this year where marigolds have been stolen. Besides that, everyone has respected what we’re doing.”