Retirement housing residents say garden award is 100% down to neighbourly effort

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Residents at Hedgerow Court, Newham, are celebrating after their joint garden transformation effort earned them a ‘Best Kept Estate’ award. The ‘Hanover in Bloom’ competition is run by Hanover, a leading retirement housing provider. The prestigious annual event is open to each of Hanover’s 600-plus estates across the country. Residents battle to win prizes from five categories, each of which test and showcase gardening knowledge and green finger expertise.

That's why I enjoy doing it. It's quite funny really - I don't even know his name

Residents at Hedgerow Court, Newham, are celebrating after their joint garden transformation effort earned them a ‘Best Kept Estate’ award.

The ‘Hanover in Bloom’ competition is run by Hanover, a leading retirement housing provider. The prestigious annual event is open to each of Hanover’s 600-plus estates across the country. Residents battle to win prizes from five categories, each of which test and showcase gardening knowledge and green finger expertise.
Hedgerow Court, a Hanover development, is designed for older people and offers impressive modern properties for rent and shared ownership. Last year, residents asked Hanover for an area of the shared garden for their own use. After being given the nod, they turned the uncultivated patch of land into a real talking point.

Violet Tarff was the first resident to move to Hedgerow Court and has become a keen gardener since taking on a plot in the garden.

Violet, who likes to be known as ‘Kit’ loves the attention that the garden gets from the local community, and said: “A neighbour who lives opposite Hedgerow Court came out one day and told me the garden was beautiful - everyday he looks out of his window and seeing the flowers gives him pleasure.

“That’s why I enjoy doing it. It’s quite funny really - I don’t even know his name”.

Kit has already potted all her plants and pansies ready for next season. Although the estate has regular social activities and outings Kit says that transforming the garden into a wonderland has really brought neighbours together.

She added: “We’re all looking forward to spending the prize money - we’ll probably spend it on a much needed garden table and chairs so that we can sit out there and enjoy the garden over afternoon tea.”

Hedgerow Court’s estate manager, Caroline Emerure, said: “Most of the residents are very keen gardeners – they’re thrilled about the award. Working on the garden has brought them closer together and it’s become a place where they can show off to their visitors, family and friends.

“If anyone would like further information about living here at Hedgerow Court, they should call Hanover on 0800 280 2575.”

If you would like any further information please contact:
Rob Ghosh Media Relations officer
Tel 07714 973 059 Email:rob(dot)ghosh(at)hanover(dot)org(dot)uk

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