THERE were outstanding entries from green-fingered residents for a housing association’s gardening competition.

Fortis Living, the largest social landlord in Worcestershire, gives awards in a number of categories to those residents who have shown know-how to create their gardens.

Clare Jackson, Fortis Living’s executive director housing care and communities, said: “We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s gardening competition.

“The quality of entrants was outstanding - our judges had a tough job in making their decisions.

“Here at Fortis we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and this was partially behind the instigation of our gardening competition.

“Encouraging people to take part in such initiatives not only celebrates the great outdoors but also has a positive effect on health and well-being.”

Winners, which received 100 in gardening vouchers, included Pamela Davis from Worcester for best front garden, Terence Cole from Upton-upon-Severn and Derek Alford from Droitwich for best containers and hanging baskets, Michael Brodie from Lullowfield House in Droitwich for best communal garden and Simon Isaacs from Droitwich for best raised planter.

Following the success of this year’s competition, plans are already in place for next year’s competition.