Annual Gardening Awards at Age Concern

Award winners of the annual Age Concern Gardening Competition pictured at the recent awards ceremony. (90911JC2)

Award winners of the annual Age Concern Gardening Competition pictured at the recent awards ceremony. (90911JC2)

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Local gardening enthusiasts gathered together at Malvern House on Monday past for the Age Concern Derry Annual Gardening Competition Awards Evening - with the Age Concern Derry Perpetual Trophy for Best Overall Garden being awarded to Charlie McMonagle from Iona Park.

The competition continued to prove successful this year with a high number of entrants. This year’s competition was sponsored by Homebase, Crescent Link with category winners receiving vouchers to spend in store. Homebase also donated gardening prizes to be distributed on the night and store representative, Gerard Martin also delivered an information talk on the evening, offering tips for good gardening practice in the case of severe winters.

The Annual Gardening Awards evening was held at Malvern House. Judging of this year’s gardening competition was undertaken by The City of Derry and District Horticulture Society. Mary Oranage, Chairman of The City of Derry and District Horticulture Society spoke on behalf of the judges and commented on the high standard of this year’s entries and the marking criteria.

The Overall Competition Winners were as follows;

n The Age Concern Derry Perpetual Trophy for best overall Garden: Charlie McMonagle, Iona Park

n The BT47 Overall Garden Winner: Elizabeth Montgomery, Sycamore Gardens and Elsie Powell, Nelson Drive

n The James Doherty BT48 Overall Garden Award: Charlie Mc Monagle, Iona Park

n The Kitty Kelly Cup- Special Merit Award: Elsie Powell, Nelson Drive

The winners in Zone 1: Waterside; in the ‘Gardens’ caregory are, in first place, Elsie Powell from Nelson Drive, Elizabeth Montgomery from Eglinton , 2) John Gamble from Foyle Fold, 3) Daphne Thompson from Foyle Fold and William Dougherty from Curryfree Road.

In the category ‘Hanging Basket/ Window Box’ categories are, in first place, Jean Robinson from Eglinton, 2) William Dougherty from Curryfree Road, 3) Gerard Lynch from McClay Gardens. In the ‘Vegetable Plots’ category are, in first place, Tommy Connor from St. Columb’s Park Allotments, 2) John Gamble from Foyle Fold and 3) William Dougherty from Curryfree Road. In the ‘Enclosed Yard/ Patio Garden’ category are, in first place, John Gamble from Foyle Fold, 2) Elsie Powell from Nelson Drive, 3) Les Allan from Emerson Street.

The winners in Zone 2: Cityside in the ‘Gardens’ category are, in first place, Charlie McMonagle from Iona Park, 2) Ruby Wilson from Richmond Crescent, Bernie and Hugh Gallagher from Garden City, 3) Joseph Hegarty from Clonliffe Park. From Rath Mor Over 50 Club the winner was Kathleen Gallagher from Culmore Road.

In the cityside ‘Hanging Basket/ Window Box’ category, the first place went to Charlie McMonagle from Iona Park, 2) Joseph Hegarty from Clonliffe Park, 3) Sean Carr from Bucher Street. In the ‘Vegetable Plots’ category are: 1) Jack McGuinness from Iniscarn Crescent and 2) John Carlin from Iona Park.

And finally, in the cityside ‘Enclose Yard/ Patio Garden’ category are, in first place, Mary O’Donnell from Bishop Street, 2) Charlie McMonagle from Iona Park and 3)Joseph Hegarty from Clonliffe Park. Congratulations to everyone who took part!