Bloomin’ lovely gardens brighten up London’s East End

The East End of London is bloomin lovely’ when green-fingered gardeners get busy.

A panel of judges has announced the winning gardens of the annual ‘Tower Hamlets In Bloom’ competition which was judged in the summer.

The contest has recognised 15 outstanding gardeners living or working in the East End who show what they can do with plants, wildlife and the environment.

The competition has been run by Tower Hamlets Council for 30 years to help brighten up the inner urban landscape.

Best residential communal garden was deemed to be at Stepney’s Lady Micos Almshouses retirement development with its colourful flowerbeds and neat plant pots.


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Best wildlife-friendly garden was by newcomers Andrew Whibley and Gary Howse with their thick, green foliage and bird-feeders.

Other ‘best’ winners were Front Garden: Oliver Bailey, Balcony: Eddie Murphy, Patio: Carolina Kensit, Container Garden: Bridget Mullen, Growing Plot: Ann Ahern, Community Growing Site: Margaret Cox from Rocky Park Community Growth, Public House: Pat Burns at The George, School: Phoenix, Community Garden: Spitalfields City Farm, Achievement: Fairlie Grow.

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