Recently, we all got the chance to celebrate the contribution of the efforts of our customers from Barnet Homes and Your Choice Barnet to make our estates vibrant, connected places to work and live.

At the Customer Awards 2019 held at the Sangam Centre in Burnt Oak last Friday, we handed out 12 awards to some of our hardest working, most engaged customers. But we also made sure we recognised our Finest Flowers Awards entries and winners. These green-fingered residents put so much hard work into turning communal gardens, patios and balconies to blooming beautiful displays every spring and summer.

But joining a gardening club is about more than just hanging baskets and bedding flowers, says Bittacy Court resident Debbie Docherty. “I’ve been a council tenant for 40 years and never knew anything ab0ut the Bittacy Court Gardening Club until my neighbours moved in. Not only do the gardening clubs make such a difference to the environment, with all the lovely plants – it gets neighbours talking and working on something together. I really enjoy it and I also find ways of asking other residents to get involved and eventually they do, bit-by-bit…”

Debbie (pictured) was thrilled to receive a certificate on behalf of the Bittacy Court Gardening Club, who won a Finest Flowers 2019 Best New Gardeners Award!

Finest Flowers Winners 2019

  • Geoff Bedingfield for Most Outstanding Garden: John Barrett
  • Best Sheltered Scheme Garden: Hanshaw Drive Garden Club
  • Best Communal Garden: Brownswell Road Garden Club
  • Best New Gardeners: Bittacy Court Garden Club

We look forward to seeing all those beautiful plants and flowers bloom come Spring!