Gorgeous gardens judged

GREEN-FINGERED members of the Carrbrook community put on their best as the village’s first ever garden competition was settled.

Competition was keenly fought across two categories – best kept garden and bees and butterflies for the one attracting nature the most.

Cllr Jan Jackson and Ian Cochrane with winner Chanel Elkayam

And after year one, it is hoped it will be even bigger in 2022.

Of the nine gardens that took part, the one done by Chanel Elkayam came out on top.

But Ian Cochrane of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club, one of the event’s sponsors along with Tameside Council and Roy Taylor of Buckton Vale Quarry, was blown away.

He said: “All the judges were so impressed with the high standard and commitment of each of the entrants. They were all winners in our eyes.”


The contest’s four judges were treated to a three-tiered cake by Francesca Cioffi and afternoon teas by Tina Cooper.

Carrbrook’s Community Garden hosted the announcement of the winner, which was made by Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Janet Cooper and even Lord Pendry visited on the day.

Organisers said: “Roll on next year when we are looking to make this event bigger and better with more participants.”

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