GREEN-fingered residents have dug deep to scoop accolades in an ever-growing gardening competition.
More than 120 Chester and District Housing Trust (CDHT) residents entered the annual gardening contest, with first, second and third prizes awarded for each of the six CDHT neighbourhoods.
Following a rigorous judging process, the winners of the seventh annual competition were announced at a packed awards ceremony held at Lache Community Centre in Hawthorn Road.
Categories included best garden, best group of gardens, best window box or balcony, best vegetable garden and best newcomer.
Herbert Crook, of Morton Road, Blacon, beat off stiff competition to claim the prize for the best overall garden, which was judged by a team of residents.
Mr Crook, 84, was presented with an engraved glass trophy, donated by CDHT contractor Seddon, as well as £100.
Runner up for the best overall garden was Peter Percival, of Glamis Close, Vicars Cross, who received £50. Third prize for the overall best garden went to Evelyn Jackson, of Stamford Road, Blacon, who won £25.
Named in memory of one of the trust’s involved residents, the Helen Noble Award for best sheltered scheme was collected by Sylvia West on behalf of Wain Court.
Andy Williams, head of housing operations for CDHT said: “It’s fantastic to see how well maintained these gardens are and what a great contribution our residents are making in their neighbourhoods. I’ve a feeling this contest will continue to grow.”