Eco gardens are the bee’s knees

Rutland Friends of the Earth's bee-friendly garden competition winners. From left, second prize winner Peter Beanland, competition judge Adam Frost, first prize winners Vic and Gabrielle Arnold, special prize winner Andy Stewart and Rutland Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Gabrielle Maughan.'Photo: MSMP190913-023ow
Rutland Friends of the Earth's bee-friendly garden competition winners. From left, second prize winner Peter Beanland, competition judge Adam Frost, first prize winners Vic and Gabrielle Arnold, special prize winner Andy Stewart and Rutland Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Gabrielle Maughan.'Photo: MSMP190913-023ow
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Gardeners have been rewarded for their efforts to provide attractive homes for bees in a competition run by an eco-group.

Rutland Friends of the Earth held a contest to find the most bee-friendly gardens in the county.

The group received a wide range of entries and award-winning garden designer Adam Frost had a tough time picking the winners.

In the end it was Vic and Gabrielle Arnold’s compact garden in Normanton Road, Edith Weston that took the top prize of vouchers for The Herb Nursery in Thistleton.

The retired couple are both keen gardeners and chose a variety of plants to keep bees coming back all through the year.

Vic said: “We have a good selection of birds, butterflies, moths and bees in our garden so thought we would have a go at the competition.

“It’s only a small garden - probably the size of most people’s.

“But we try to fill up what we have got with as much as we can.”

Second prize in the competition went to Jacqueline Walker and Peter Beanland of The Dell, Oakham, while third place went to Marian Markham of Bridge Street, Langham.

Market Overton Parish Council vice chairman Andrew Stewart was given a special prize for his efforts and also received an award on behalf of the village for the most bee-friendly place in Rutland.

Coun Stewart said: “We do have several beekeeprs and we have even had a bee on the village sign since last year.”