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Gold really does grow on trees!

28th September 2018

Gold really does grow on trees!

Grow with CASE is the name of our gardening department at CASE. The team entered both the Yorkshire in Bloom and Hull in Bloom competitions this year.

The judges of both in bloom competitions visited the allotments in July 2018 and were met by the enthusiastic Grow with CASE trainees led by Matt Sharp and Sally Myers.

The team have three allotments, one mainly given over to productive growing and propagation, the second one more ornamental in nature with both indoor and outside seating areas. It also includes a themed garden area which is planted up each year, with this year’s theme being a rainbow of colour cascading out from paint pots. The third allotment acquired earlier this year, has been cleared ready for development to include a fruit cage, bottle greenhouse and pumpkin/squash patch (already in place).

Trainees are involved in the running of the plots, from choice of seed, through the propagation of plants, siting of plants, design of certain areas and construction of the various structures. Food from the productive garden is either taken home or sent to the catering team and this year the group took part in Hull Freedom Feastival.

At the Yorkshire In Bloom Awards evening on Tuesday 11 September, the team won Gold! Having won the Silver Gilt Award last year, the pressure was on to do even better this year.

A few weeks later at the Hull In Bloom Awards evening, CASE won an amazing 4 Golds, one for each category they entered:

  • Best Containers
  • Best Wildlife
  • Best Allotment
  • Best Community Group

It’s been a magnificent year for everyone at Grow with CASE, and with planning already underway for next year, it’s hopefully going to be even bigger and better, in fact it’s going to be “bloomin marvellous”