Ilkeston garderner wins best in show

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An Ilkeston woman is celebrating after scooping a top prize in a gardening competition.

Lisa Millward, of Red House, Ilkeston, took first prize for her colourful tray garden at a national wild west-themed ‘grow and show’ day.

Organised by Voyage Care, one of the UK’s largest providers of support for people with learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries, the village fete-style event saw people from across the country travel to Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire, where they enjoyed a day of fun activities and competitions.

Open to anyone supported by Voyage Care, the event attracted hundreds of entries.

Andrew Cannon, Voyage Care’s chief executive, said the annual grow and show day was a highlight on the calendar, with hundreds of people supported by the organisation flocking to the event.

“This is the fifth year we’ve held this event and as always, the entries were fantastic,” he said.

“Everyone puts a lot of effort into creating something from scratch and it was an incredibly difficult job to select the winners.

“Lisa should be extremely proud of what she achieved and we’re already looking forward to seeing what she can come up with next year.”

In addition to the various classes, this year’s grow and show event featured a host of other entertainment including a bird of prey flying display and country and western music, as well as games such as roll a ball at the cactus and guess the name of the cowboy and Indian teddy.

The event raised more than £700 for Weirfield Wildlife Hospital in Lincoln and this was matched by Barclays Bank, taking the total donated to the charity to more than £1,400.