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Congratulations to the Good Neighbour and Garden of the Year Award Winners

4 September 2017


The winners of Colchester Borough Homes' (CBH) Good Neighbour and Garden of the Year awards, which celebrate those who go the extra mile for their community, were announced on 31 August. The competitions form part of CBH's Resident Engagement Strategy and all tenants and leaseholders were invited to enter and nominate others to be in with a chance of winning vouchers worth up to £100.

The Good Neighbour Award celebrates those who go above and beyond to improve their communities by working hard to create strong, inclusive communities throughout the borough. There were three categories; the Community Champion, the Friend in Need and Quality Assurance Advisors. The Community Champion category is for those who support local community projects and make positive changes in their neighbourhood and was won by Allan Walker from Greenstead. The 'Friend in Need' category is for those who welcome new tenants into their properties and encourage resident involvement in their local communities and was won by Colin Smith from Stanway. The success of CBH's volunteer Quality Assurance Advisors from across the borough was also celebrated and recognised at the awards with Sue Chaplin from Mile End winning this category as well as being the overall winner of CBH's 2017 Good Neighbour Award.

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 were three categories: Horticultural Masterpiece, The Good Life and Nature's Friend. The Horticultural Masterpiece is for committed gardeners with horticultural collections and was won by Heather and David Cole. The Good Life category, which is for those who enjoy growing their own produce was won by David Skinner from Greenstead. Meanwhile, Nature's Friend, which celebrates those who like to share and encourage wildlife outdoors, was won by Karen Knowles from Dedham who was also the overall winner of the Garden of the Year competition.

The results of the competitions were announced at an event held at The Minories in Colchester, where all the winners and runners up received a prize voucher up to the value of £100.

Gareth Mitchell, Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Homes, said: "I'd like to thank all those who entered and especially our deserving winners and runners up. It has been a joy to highlight the efforts of our hardworking tenants and leaseholders across the borough who really make a difference in our community. Well done to them all."

Anne Grahamslaw, Chair of the Board at Colchester Borough Homes, added: "It has been a fantastic event and I have enjoyed seeing the achievements our tenants and leaseholders have made in their local communities. I can't think of a better way of rewarding them for this work than through these awards, they should all be very proud of themselves. Congratulations and well done to all those who entered."

Images of some of our Garden of the Year competition entries and from our awards evening on 31 August 2017, can be viewed here Images from the Good Neighbour and Garden Awards


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