Splash Of Colour Wins First Prize In BHT Gardening Competition


A small and beautiful garden that adds a splash of colour to a Brighton street and makes the most of recycled materials is this year’s winner in the annual gardening competition for Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) tenants and residents.

The garden is the work of Derry O’Sullivan-Baker who wins a £30 garden voucher. He scored highly on the garden’s visual impact and design and plant variety and health. “It really is a lovely garden” says Juliet O’Brien, BHT’s Tenant and Client Involvement Co-ordinator, “and we were very impressed with the way Derry has used old water tanks and recycled wood for his planters and old gate posts for his hanging baskets.”

Frances White won a £10 runner’s up voucher for her garden in Deepdene, Hastings.

First prize in the communal garden category and a £30 voucher went to the Trust’s Archway Project in Hove. Clients and staff have worked together to produce ‘an extra quiet room’ in a large back garden with flowerbeds and a thriving vegetable patch. Juliet says: “We were very struck by how much added value the garden gives to the project and its residents in so many ways.”

Communal garden runner up was the Trust’s Recovery Project and the Shore House Project in Brighton, which received a £10 voucher for work so far on a new ‘secret garden’ in Marine Parade. Watch this space for next year’s awards.

BHT gardening contractor Southern Land Services sponsors the annual awards, which are open to all BHT residents.