Going for Growth!

A total of 47 users of the Optalis Learning Disability Day Service in Wokingham entered the competition in categories as diverse as ‘most original planted Wellington Boot’, ‘most unusual shaped vegetable’ and ‘longest carrot on a plate’.

Chris Manning was delighted to be awarded a gold medal for ‘best poem about sounds in my garden’ with a poem featuring the stand out line “Big, fat, hairy cats fighting”!

There was a silver medal for Megan Maloney for her poem and three bronze medals for Michael Nixon (‘most original planted Wellington Boot’ which had been decorated with a pattern of red, white and blue), Vicki Knibbs (‘best hand held posy of flowers’) and Ashleigh Pike for her summer fruit drizzle cake.

Liz Williamson runs the gardening project Growing Places that supports the Optalis Learning Disability Day Service in Wokingham with their gardening enterprises. She said, “It was good fun to be involved in this competition. Everyone enjoyed having such a productive project to work on. All the participants received a certificate so everyone was a winner at the end of the day.”

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