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It all looks bloomin' marvellous

WHAT a great display! That was the verdict of the judges of a gardens competition for homes in the Leeds Road area of Huddersfield.

WHAT a great display! That was the verdict of the judges of a gardens competition for homes in the Leeds Road area of Huddersfield.

Yvonne Ward (gardens competition) 158

Hanging baskets, gnomes and ornaments, ponds, shrubs, flowers and borders ensured the entrants' gardens were a riot of colour.

About 40 households entered the contest which was organised by Jill Sykes, Kirklees environmental waste operations manager.

Jill was joined by fellow judges Clr Susan May and Malcolm Pickup, health and safety manager of the McAlpine Stadium, as they were shown front gardens, back gardens and window boxes.

Jill said: "The overall standard has been tremendous, far better than expected.

"Gardening is something that everyone can take part in without spending a lot of money. It is tender loving care that gives a garden its look."

The six categories included most improved garden in which "before" photographs had to be taken to determine which had changed the most.

Other categories were: children's tallest sunflower, most interesting garden, most welcoming garden, baskets, boxes and tubs, and outstanding front garden.

Many entrants, like Yvonne Ward, of Springbank Road, had never tried gardening before.

Yvonne became so keen she persuaded many other residents on the road to take up the challenge.

Her front garden is filled with surprises - including a flashing gnome - but the centrepiece is a giant "flower" traced in gravel stones.

Her back garden has a wooden pergola covered with ornaments and flowers.

"It took me a day to do the gravel flower," said Yvonne.

"I am quite proud of it and I am glad we were encouraged to do this. I tried to come up with ideas that nobody else had."

Across the road, Avril Nicholls has beautiful roses and a welcoming arch above the gate.

Jill Sykes said: "I think it is lovely. This has improved so much since April when it was just a patch of grass and a couple of rose bushes."

Daniel Childs, of Springbank Crescent, has always enjoy gardening and he has built walls, raised borders and a small fence - and is working on a "woodlands" corner.

A pond will be filled with fish as soon as it is finished.

Gail and Paul Spencer and their three children in Springbank Crescent have all contributed to their interesting front garden.

Attractions include a running water-feature, a 5ft hollyhock and a sign that reads: "Don't tread on the flowers".

Gail said: "The competition has been great - we hope more people will take part next time."

The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a ceremony at the McAlpine Stadium on Wednesday.


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