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Good Neighbour Awards and Gardening Competition of the Year

3rd April 2017

Garden Competition

Colchester Borough Homes' (CBH) tenants and leaseholders can now enter and nominate others for their Good Neighbour Awards and Garden of the Year competition and be in with a chance of winning vouchers worth up to £100.

The Good Neighbour Award celebrates CBH's tenants and leaseholders who go above and beyond to improve their communities by working hard to create strong, inclusive communities throughout the borough.

There are two categories within the Good Neighbour Awards categories which are; the Community Champion and the Friend in Need. The Community Champion category is for those who support local community projects and make positive changes in their neighbourhood. The 'Friend in Need' category is for those who welcome new tenants into their properties and encourage resident involvement in their local communities.

The Garden of the Year competition recognises tenants and leaseholders who really take pride in their property and garden and make the best use of their outdoor space.

There are three categories in the Garden of the Year competition, which are: Horticultural Masterpiece, Nature's Friend and The Good Life. The Horticultural Masterpiece is for committed gardeners with horticultural collections, Nature's Friend is for those who like to share and encourage wildlife outdoors and the Good Life category is for those who enjoy growing their own produce.

The competitions are open to people of all ages who live in a property managed by CBH. To enter either competition, applicants can email their nominations and photographs to polly.hardy@cbhomes.org.uk or complete and return the nomination form in the April issue of CBH's tenant and leaseholder newsletter, Housing News and Views.

A selection of prize vouchers up to the value of £100 will be given to the winners and runners up in each category.

The closing date for entries is 30 June 2017 and shortlisting and judging will take place during July and August with the awards being presented at the Minories Gallery in Colchester in late August.

Gareth Mitchell, Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Homes, said: "We know that many of our residents are proactively involved in their communities and take great pride in their properties. These competitions are a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate our hardworking tenants and leaseholders across the borough who go the extra mile and make a difference where they live."

Anne Grahamslaw, Chair of the Board at Colchester Borough Homes, added: "We know that lots of our tenants and leaseholders make really positive contributions to their local communities in a number of ways and both well-kept gardens and being made to feel welcome and involved in your local community are incredibly important and something which we, as an organisation, encourage and support."