Top honours for keen gardeners

Hard work by residents to keep their green spaces looking colourful and attractive has seen them win Outstanding awards by top gardening judges.

Gardens and open spaces at West Hoe and Morley Court Flats and the Pembroke Street Estate have won the top honour in the South West in Bloom: It’s Your Neighbourhood award.

The ‘soul bike’ outside West Hoe Flats, (pictured below) has been spray painted by our Rangers and filled with flowers, prompting people walking past the block to pose for selfies in front of it.

The gardens have been tended by residents with help from our Housing Management and Environmental Services teams.

Resident Anne Moore said: “It’s been unbelievable, what a fantastic day. Doing this keeps us active and we really enjoy doing it. We didn’t expect to win. We all love to garden. My husband made the window boxes, which look really good. Next year we want to go bigger and better.”

Brian Parker, Environmental Services Supervisor, said: “This is wonderful news. I’m pleased for all involved.”

Ranger Adrian Vasnic spent a lot of time working on the bike and nicknamed it the Soul Bike after he saw a You Tube clip of a similar bike in Jamaica.

Fellow Ranger John Hamlyn picked up old plants from the North Prospect regeneration and replanted them at West Hoe.

Housing Officer Marissa Maloney said: “It has been a team effort across the Homes and Neighbourhoods department working in collaboration with the residents of West Hoe to get this great result. 

“They have shown pride in their community and have worked together to achieve these outstanding results and their hard work and dedication has now been recognised. The area has attracted a lot of interest not only from local people but visitors to Plymouth. I’d personally like to thank all those involved.”

Morley Court residents were recognised for their unique roof garden in the heart of the city centre.

The garden includes play area, a greenhouse and raised beds, with flowers, fruit and vegetables grown – these are picked and distributed to residents.

Residents at Pembroke Street got an award for the outdoor spaces at their estate, in Devonport.

Will Watts, Pembroke Estate Management Board Manager, said: “The award is for the whole estate and recognises the efforts of staff and residents. It’s something we enter each year and have been seeing our score improve year on year. It’s nice for everyone to get some recognition for all their efforts.”

Staff and representatives from the estates and other city winners are pictured with their awards at a South West in Bloom presentation at Devonport Park on Monday.