A blooming great award for Thames Road garden club in Grantham

Garden at The Thames Road Community Centre. Bernard Hare and Anne Clark. 571C
Garden at The Thames Road Community Centre. Bernard Hare and Anne Clark. 571C
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A GARDEN in Grantham has won yet another host of awards.

Flowers are in bloom at the garden of Thames Road Community Centre after its committee invested £3,000 in reinvigorating it.

All their hard work paid off as the stunning grounds have won second place overall in the South Kesteven District Council floral features competition.

Garden club chairman Bernard Hare, 69, said: “We’ve had no anti-social behavioour problems and I think that’s out of respect for what we’ve done.

“We’ve had a lot of people looking at the garden, and a lot of feedback.”

Although the garden slipped back a place after winning first place in the competition last year, the club did win first place in two additional categories - in community involvement and in keeping with the Olympic theme.

To mark London 2012, they used flowers to create St George’s flag in the rear area, while plants spelled out London 2012 with the five Olympic rings in between in the front part of the grounds.

Meanwhile, pupils of Isaac Newton Primary School helped make planters, children from West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s cleared weeds from nearby pavements, and users of St John’s Day Centre helped with hanging baskets.

The club has made a huge investment in the garden, which is there for the whole Thames Road community. New fencing replaced the rotten wood around the perimeter which set members back a hefty £2,200, with a further £800 spent on plants and other items. They raised the cash through coffee mornings, bingo and quiz sheets, and also asked for help from local businesses B&Q and McDonald’s.