BFE staff present awards at the Riverside North Gardening Competition Event in York

Three of Building Futures East’s staff who work closely with Riverside Housing on their Gardening & Environmental Maintenance contracts, took to the road on Tuesday 12th November to make the journey down to the Royal Station Hotel in York to present the winners and runners up of this year’s Riverside Gardening Competition with their certificates and trophies.

Horticulture Apprentice Bradley Appleby, Administrator Melanie Kent and Contracts Manager Caroline Hasson, alongside 5 other Building Futures East staff,  had the pleasure of judging the gardening competition back in October and so were honoured to also be asked to attend the event and meet the entrants during the day.

Residents from Riverside properties across both the North East and North West attended and were able to show off their talents and creativity during the day as photos of their gardens were displayed during the presentation for all to admire.  Riverside’s Community Projects Supervisor, Carolyn Hewitt, was compere for the event and also in attendance from Riverside were Bob Coffer Assistant Director of Property Services,  Joanne McNally Marketing & Communications Officer,  Jo Pringle Rent & Service Charge Officer & Leanne Scott Supported Housing Coordinator.

Having worked closely with Riverside in the North East for the past 3 years, Building Futures East’s relationship grows increasingly stronger ‘season by season’ and being asked by Riverside to present at the event this year was both a pleasure and a priviledge.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were given out for each of the following categories and, as you can see from the photos of all of the winners below, everyone had a great day.

Best Garden

Most Unusual Planter

Best Patio/Yard Area

Most Improved Garden

Best Communal Garden

Bradley Appleby presents the prize for 1st place
Melanie Kent presents the winner's trophy
Caroline Hasson presents awards to the winners
The winners proudly receive their trophy and certificate

Melanie Kent presents the 3rd place trophy
Caroline Hasson hands out the award for 3rd place
Bradley Appleby presents the Best Garden runner-up prize

Caroline Hasson presents the 2nd place prize
Winners, runners up, Riverside staff & BFE presenters
BFE staff attend the awards event in the Royal Station Hotel, York

“On behalf of everyone at Building Futures East, I would like to say how much we all appreciated being given the opportunity to judge the gardening competition and how much we enjoyed seeing the creativity and hard work which has clearly gone into the development of these beautiful outdoor spaces. It was an honour to be asked to present the awards at Tuesday’s event and both a pleasure and inspiration to be able to meet the residents who put so much time, effort and pride into looking after their gardens. We have built a strong relationship with Riverside North and look forward to continuing to work alongside the staff and residents into the future and supporting further projects and events which recognise and celebrate such achievements.”  Caroline Hasson

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