The pandemic and subsequent lockdown has led to Britain pinpointing a new wave of gardening enthusiasts who have made use of their eco-friendly spaces as a kind of self-treatment and escapism.
Following around 1,500 entries the B&Q Gardener of the Calendar year competition has discovered its winners, with a community sector employee from Leicestershire, known as Andrew Spray, landing the 12 months-Round gardener of the 12 months award and with it, £1,000 in prize money.
Spray, 52, has been recognised for his urban garden, influenced by scenic countryside landscapes, just after in the beginning using it up as a informal interest.
The opposition, which released in April this calendar year, sought to rejoice all types of gardeners with four classes the Classic Gardener, who appreciates the relevance of time, care and attention when making the outside room. The 12 months-Round Gardener whose back garden thrives no make a difference the time. The Successful Gardener who can make certain their out of doors room is effective as difficult as they do, and the Eccentric Gardener who doesn’t stick to the procedures and normally embraces the unforeseen.
Across all classes, gardeners were being recommended for their use of sustainable tactics, for case in point by applying peat-totally free compost, as effectively as showcasing how they have inspired and allowed mother nature to thrive in their outside house.
“Generally, there is anything visually there throughout all four seasons,” claimed Spray. “It just gets you outdoors. You have a search at it and are likely to it. You can not do that significantly in the winter, to be honest, but it just receives you out and presents a bit of exercise.
“You can retain on top rated of all the things, and you can trim everything back as effectively in the early winter. Especially if you have acquired really a significant patio spot, you can nevertheless go and sit in the yard even nevertheless it is not summer time and there is still a thing there for you to seem at. It’s not like almost everything has died off, in particular if it is dry and sunny in the winter season. It can however be visually stimulating. I have issues like Conifers and Eucalyptus that are all evergreen, so they glance terrific in the course of the year.”
The competition judges had been designed up of GBBO decide and gardening fanatic Dame Prue Leith, B&Q Outside Classification Director, Steve Person, and award-winning garden designers, Matt Childs and Humaira Ikram.
Spray added: “It was excellent to be recognised. I am delighted to end top rated of the Yr-Round level of competition, and of program, the recognition has left me delighted. Gardening has actual physical positive aspects in terms of trying to keep fit, and I guess we are in a posture now in which younger people today are not as lively as the more mature generation were being when they ended up the similar age. So, there are bodily gains, but then there is also the psychological wellbeing component of it as effectively.”
Jez Younger, a design worker from Ceredigion, Wales was topped total winner at a ceremony attended by the judging panel such as Prue Leith and gained £10,000 in prize cash, together with a £2,500 present card for B&Q and the coveted Golden Trowel trophy.
Steve Male, B&Q Out of doors Group Director says: “At B&Q, we cater to each and every gardening want by getting a wonderful variety of quality vegetation to enable men and women like Jez to make awesome outdoor areas. We cherished the sustainable techniques that he utilised and how ground breaking he has been with the framework and layout, along with performing with his backyard to understand how the foliage is effective with his soil type. This is our next yr of B&Q Gardener of the 12 months and we once more couldn’t think the excellent of entries coming by. Each entry demonstrated the British passion for gardening and our profitable yard from Jez is a excellent case in point of discovering to adore your backyard garden and expanding together with it. Congratulations Jez!”
Decide Dame Prue Leith commented: “I found the judging truly difficult. There was such a prosperity of creative imagination and superior design and style, not to say enthusiasm bordering on obsession. We Brits do really like our gardens! But the outright winner, selected by all the judges, was Jez. You’d want to be out in that backyard at any time of yr.”