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 are announced.

Now in its fourth year, the hotly contested competition saw 26 flower and vegetable gardens nominated by both tenants and bpha staff. Entries included beautiful communal gardens, stunningly planted small spaces and striking back garden displays.

After voting closed a team of judges, made up of bpha staff and residents, painstakingly reviewed all the nominations before shortlisting 11 finalists.

Kim Burrows, bpha Community Development Officer and competition organiser, said: “Once again we’ve been blown away by our talented tenants. It’s been an absolute pleasure to tour around the gardens nominated and appreciate the hard work that has gone into them. We really do have some incredibly skilled residents.”

Residents Helen Tearle, Lelia Cronin and Brian Smythe collected the award for Best Kept Communal Garden at Betty Dodd Court in Luton, Jim Robinson, the man behind Golden Gardens in Goldington received the award for Best Community Garden and Michael Dickinson of Wenning Lane in Milton Keynes was delighted to scoop the Best Kept Garden Award.

Alongside the three awards judged also presented additional prizes for One to Watch, Best use of a Small Space, Pristine Presentation and Most Improved.

When visiting gardens judges looked at factors including the use of colour, the health of the plants featured and any interesting features along with water conservation.