Gardeners scoop silver at top show

Residents of Sussex Close, Hindley, are joined by sponsors and supporters as they are presented with the overall prize for the 'Best Neighbourhood' in the 2013 North West in Bloom competition

Residents of Sussex Close, Hindley, are joined by sponsors and supporters as they are presented with the overall prize for the 'Best Neighbourhood' in the 2013 North West in Bloom competition

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A TEAM of green-fingered community gardeners has made history by taking a silver medal at one of Britain’s biggest flower shows.

The group from Sussex Close, in Hindley, took the Silver Flora prize in the flowerbed competition at the Tatton Flower Show organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The team, who were the first gardeners representing a social housing project to make it through to the final of the contest, has been enjoying rubbing shoulders with celebrities including TV news presenter Susanna Reid and gardener Monty Don at the Cheshire show.

The centrepiece of the Sussex Close design was a giant gold floral 50 to celebrate half a century of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, with the flowerbed also including a sculpture of a hind as a pun on Hindley.

Sussex Close team leader Wilf Ford said: “It’s been fabulous and we’re over the moon with the award. We’ve had so much interest from television crews and everybody’s been coming over to see us.

“We’ve made a lot of friends and even though we’re competing against each other it’s like one big happy family.”

The team from Sussex Close has already been invited back to compete again next year. The RHS Tatton Flower Show runs until Sunday.