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Goodmayes nursing home wins first prize in annual Redbridge in Bloom competition

PUBLISHED: 18:37 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:37 03 October 2017

Nilufar Momen won first place in the container category. Picture: Redbridge Council

Nilufar Momen won first place in the container category. Picture: Redbridge Council

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A nursing home threatened with closure won a blooming great prize.

Roding Primary School's competition entry. Picture: Redbridge CouncilRoding Primary School's competition entry. Picture: Redbridge Council

Redbridge Council awarded Meadow Court Care Home, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, with first place in the best sheltered/residential care home category in the annual Redbridge in Bloom competition.

Susan Winch-Furness, whose husband lives at the home, spends hours planting flowers to make the garden look nice.

She is absolutely delighted with the award and said it means a lot after all the hard work that has gone into it.

“The gardens were very neglected when my husband came to live here six years ago - the ground was hard as stone and there wasn’t a flower in sight,” she said.

The plants at Meadow Court. Picture: Redbridge CouncilThe plants at Meadow Court. Picture: Redbridge Council

“Now we’ve got masses of flowers with plenty of colour and scent.

“It’s just a lovely peaceful place where they can come and sit for a while. If it’s cold or wet they can sit in the conservatory and watch the birds on the nut-feeders.”

Mrs Winch-Furness said it is a tragedy that the home is threatened with closure and the lovely garden could be “bulldozed”.

“Last winter we sowed wild flowers for the bees, and there is a nettle bed and buddleia for butterflies too so we’re helping the wildlife as well as the patients.”

Roding Primary School, Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, won first place in the best school gardening project, and resident Mark Lonergan, Church Path, Wanstead, won best front garden.

The Prince of Wales pub, Green Lane, Ilford was given the award for best public house and Nilufar Momen, Edwina Gardens, Redbridge achieved best container garden. The best

community display was awarded to Bill Hinds for his creation in Frating Crescent, Woodford Green.

Councillor Sheila Bain, cabinet member for civic pride, said she would like to congratulate this year’s winners and recognise all residents who took

the time to enter this competition.

“It’s exciting to see the work that our residents have put into creating these beautiful gardens - it also shows real pride in the borough,” she said.

“This year several schools entered the competition and it’s wonderful to have them involved and to see the effort the children have put in.”

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