After some seriously hard work and hours dedicated to sowing, pruning and digging bpha residents are celebrating as the annual Best Kept Garden Competition winners have been announced.

Entries flooded in from green fingered tenants and included beautiful communal gardens, stunningly planted small spaces and striking back garden displays.

After voting closed a team of judges, made up of staff and residents, reviewed all the nominations before the tricky job of selecting winners began. And after a lot of deliberation the following residents were chosen to scoop the prestigious prizes:

  • Overall winner of the bpha Best Kept Garden Competition – Brian Shambrook living in Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes
  • Best Retirement Living Garden – Beverley Conlon and Desmond Pickersgill living in Sir William Harpur House in Bedford
  • Brightest Garden – Margaret Feather and Richard Rainbank in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire
  • Most Calming Garden – Carole Hulatt of Russell Court in Bedford
  • Most Welcoming Garden – Terry Stephens of Queens Court in Bedford
  • Dedicated Gardener – Tony Baron of Gordon Colling House in Bedford

bpha staff judges were delighted to visit the gardens and came back with lots of positive comments and ideas of their own.

Kim Burrows, bpha Community Development officer, said: “This year we were inundated by fantastic entries. It’s great to see residents taking the time to create beautiful gardens and, although the competition was tough, Brian is a very worthy winner.”

The bpha Best Kept Garden Competition is in its fifth year and takes place to recognise the hard work and pride residents put into their gardens.