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Unipol Leeds Student Garden Competition 2013 - Results

The judging of this year’s student garden competition took place on the afternoon of the 14th May. Councillor Janette Walker of Leeds’ Headingley ward and Leeds Metropolitan Student Union’s President, David Alcorn, toured the ten shortlisted gardens and judged them against a number of criteria. It was agreed that the standard of the gardens surpassed expectations, and the judges were impressed with the efforts that the landlords had made to provide their tenants with attractive and useful outdoor spaces, whilst at the same time improving the street scene for local residents. Gardens were judged in three categories: Best New Entry, Best Overall and Most Improved.

The Winners

Best New Entry

1st Prize:

 Ash Grove 

The winner of the Best New Entry category was 54 Ash Grove, owned by Lingard Bell. The judges were particularly impressed with the neat and tidiness of the gardens, and the use of recycled chimney pots as planters. The seating areas at the front and rear of the property were praised, and both gardens had a really positive effect on the street scene.

2nd Prize:

The garden in second place was 35 Wood Lane, owned by John Falkingham of Falham Properties. Judges praised the use of recycled sleepers as seating areas for the tenants, and the good use of space. Secure cycle storage had also been provided for the tenants, as had a barbeque area; and planting was sympathetic with the surrounding area.

3rd Prize:

Third prize went to 4 Moorland Road, owned by Ben Shepley. The judges were impressed with the different seating areas and levels to the garden, and with the variety in the planting. It was felt that some improvement could be made with maintenance in the garden, and that the stairs to the rear decking area would require a handrail to be fully compliant with the Code.

Best Overall Garden

1st Prize:

Victoria Road

 The winner of the first prize in the Best Overall Garden category was 93 Victoria Road, owned by Unipol Student Homes. The garden was described as bright and spacious, with variety in the style and colours of the planting. The tenants are provided with a seating area and an area in which a portable barbeque may be used, and the judges were impressed with the standard of maintenance.

2nd Prize:

The garden awarded second prize was 37 Wood Lane, owned by John Falkingham of Falham Properties. This garden has fixed seating areas and tenants are provided with a raised area in which barbeques can be used. Judges were impressed that the landlord had gone to the extent of planting a patch of the rear alleyway in the same style as the garden.

3rd Prize:

34 Estcourt Terrace, also owned by Mr Falkingham, was awarded third place in the Best Overall Garden category. Recycled railway sleepers had been used as seating for the tenants, with plants and colours used to good effect to make the garden appear larger. The provision of a small seating area to the lower terrace was also commended, as was the planting of a rosemary plant, which the tenants could use when cooking.

Most Improved Garden

1st Prize:

Two gardens entered the most improved category, the winner of which was 1 Stanmore Street, owned by Fran McLoughlin of LS6 Rentals. The judges were impressed by how much the privacy, style and amenities of the yard area had been improved. They also found the new paving attractive and commended the planting of the borders. A particularly nice surprise was the view of Leeds from the garden when tenants look past the fencing.

2nd Prize

Winner of the second prize in this category was 53 Ash Grove, owned by Lingard Bell. The judges commended the effort that had gone into improving the style of the garden, and the improvement in the amenities for the tenant. The planting in both the front and back gardens also impressed the judges.

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