Gardens Showcased in Annual Competition

The Gloucester City Homes (GCH) Annual Garden Competition has just finished following another successful year.

The competition ran slightly differently this year and winners were picked by a public vote on Facebook which attracted 300 interactions.

Public Winner - Reece Poole
Public Winner – Reece Poole

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the competition, it is a great opportunity to showcase and share the beauty of many gardens to people across Gloucester.

Overall there were 2 winners, the public winner which gained over an impressive 100 reactions on Facebook is Reece Poole, 17 from White City.  Reece, who has autism, spends a lot of time growing and planting flowers and has created a beautiful floral garden.

Reece commented “I am over the moon to win and that so many people thought my garden was lovely and worth voting for. I absolutely love gardening and learning new tips along the way. Gardening helps reduce my high anxiety levels and helps me to relax. Thanks to GCH for giving me the chance to participate.”

The GCH winners, voted for by staff, are Mr and Mrs Hodson from the Oval. This isn’t the first time their cottage style garden has been recognised, as it claimed a prize back when the council ran the annual competition. The couple spend an impressive 3-4 hours

GCH Winners - Mr and Mrs Hodson
GCH Winners – Mr and Mrs Hodson

each day maintaining the area.

Mrs Hodson says: “We have lived here for nearly 40 years and I just love gardening, I would rather spend all my time outside and

don’t know what to do when it rains. It is good growing our own produce and I just love sharing it with people.”

Jason Humphries, GCH’s Tenancy and Estates Manager added; “The garden competition has yet again wowed us with a range of beautiful gardens. The competition is a great platform to showcase the hard work of residents and provides a platform for us to share the beauty across the City.

It is great to see more young people getting involved this year and lovely to appreciate gardens both new and old.”


Public Winner – Reece Poole (awarded a prize by Housing Officer Debbie Preece)

GCH Winner – Mr and Mrs Hodson (awarded prize by Housing Officer Amanda Hayward)



Here are photos of the gardens:

Reece Poole – White City

Mr and Mrs Hodson – The Oval