A MAN who won a housing association’s annual gardening competition has dedicated the award to his green-fingered late brother-in-law.
Trevor Bailey says he got his love of gardening from Robert Vasey, who passed away suddenly in July.
Mr Bailey’s garden in St Helen Auckland was the overwhelming choice of people who voted in an online poll set up by Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) for its 2021 pot plant/gardening competition.
The 72-year-old’s display of flowers in his front garden wowed a judging panel of over 20 people, which included DAMHA residents, staff, and board members.
It was the first time Mr Bailey entered the competition having been inspired by Robert, a DAMHA resident who took pride in his home.
He said: “Gardening is something I have always enjoyed but I learned a lot from Robert through attending shows with him and seeing how amazing the displays were outside his home.
“It’s taken myself and my wife Kathleen four years to get our garden looking exactly how we wanted it, so to win at the first attempt was…