From glorious gardens to blooming balconies, the winners of bpha’s Best Kept Gardens 2017 competition have been announced.

For the third year in a row, bpha ran the competition that sees its residents nominated for making the most of their outside space.

The winners are picked by a panel of judges, after being marked in a number of categories.

The overall winners in Bedford were Mr and Mrs Cole of Cranbourne Close who were nominated because of the array of beautiful plants and finishing touches they’ve added to their space to make it so inviting (pictured bottom right).

Dotted with different blooms including lilies, roses and poppies, their garden is a place to relax and enjoy being outdoors, and includes a pond and an ornate bird bath.

Outside of Bedford, the Best Kept Counties Garden prize went to Albert and Joan Grooby of Dumble Close in Corby (pictured top right), while the Best Neighbourhood Garden Champion was awarded to Caron Hollis of Chieftain Way, Cambridge.

Mrs Hollis said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to win this award – especially with such a small garden.”

Golden Gardens in Goldington, Bedford, and Jill Jenkins Court Communal Garden, in Luton, were named Best Community Garden and Best Communal Garden, respectively.

Linda Owen, a resident at Jill Jenkins Court, said: “Before my husband Ivor passed away he spent many hours working and planning this garden. Although an amputee he put many of us to shame.

“All our residents wanted to submit this garden in his memory, and it’s so lovely to have won.”

Julie Wittich, Director of Service Delivery at bpha, said: “There were so many worthy winners in this year’s Best Kept Gardens competition and we would like to congratulate all the nominees for all their hard work in keeping their outdoor space so fabulous.

“It’s nice for bpha to be able to recognise their efforts and all the winners can be very proud of their amazing gardens.”