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Champion Edith takes top prize

ONCE again a Chelmsley Wood grandmother has wowed the judges of a Solihull gardening competition.

ONCE again a Chelmsley Wood grandmother has wowed the judges of a Solihull gardening competition.

Eighty-one-year-old Edith Wootton was named as this year’s Champion Gardener, in the contest - open to the borough’s thousands of council house tenants.

Edith, who lives in Winchester Drive, has picked up a bag full of awards over the years - but this is the first time that she has won the top prize.

“I’ve been taking part in the competition for a long time and I was really pleased to get the overall award this time,” she told the Solihull News.

“When I retired I started spending a lot of time in the garden - it takes hours to keep it maintained.”

Edith - who said that her garden is a talking point among neighbours - also took second-place in the Chairman’s Special Award for snapdragons.

Now she’s looking forward to welcoming the Mayor of Solihull, Coun Ian Courts, to take a look round her plot.

She’ll also be invited to an awards ceremony at Solihull Council House, taking place next month.

And after 15-years of tending the borders, the grandmother said that she had no intention of hanging up her trowel.

“Yes, I’ll be entering again next year and as long as I’m able,” she added.

 

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