Carwood resident Ronald Roe has been announced the winner of the ‘Best Wild and Sustainable Garden’ in the “Sheffield Gnomes Gardening Competition”.
Ron, of Carwood Way, told the Messenger he felt “over the moon”. The 48-year-old has dedicated hours to his beloved garden and, after several years of hard work and gradual progress, Ron has formed something of a visual masterpiece. He said,
“It shows that my hard work has paid off and it’s all been worthwhile. A woman came to inspect the garden and was amazed by what she saw. To be honest, I think I managed to win her over with the strawberries!
“I received a letter inviting me to a garden party at the Botanical Gardens. I couldn’t believe it! Even then, I was expecting to come 2nd or 3rd. When I was told I had won first prize, I was buzzing!”
This brilliant accolade is a product of Ron’s commendable efforts in the garden but his achievement is also a positive for the Burngreave community. Ron, a Carwood TARA member, took pride in his success, which he believes changes people’s outlook on the area.
“The area has got such a bad name tag so it’s great to have some positive news. Anyone from outside the community wouldn’t believe that a garden like this is in Burngreave. I’m really proud.”
And it seems Ron’s award-winning garden is already beginning to inspire other residents,
“Kids have stood and looked at my garden, saying that they wish their dads would do the same.”
And local people aren’t the only admirers, Ron says,
“I see foxes, which sometimes drink from the pond, frogs, and I’ve spotted kestrels too. You wouldn’t believe the wildlife that comes in. That’s partly why I wanted to create this garden.”
It’s not just Ron’s successful journey that motivates him to delve into the garden. He said,
“It’s the calming factor that I enjoy about gardening. It takes you to a different world and keeps your mind active. It’s worthwhile in the end when you can sit back and enjoy it!”
So if you’re looking for inspiration in Burngreave, whether a keen gardener or not, look no further than Mr Ronald Roe, who is a living example that hard work will eventually bring you the success you deserve!