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Rutherglen Takes Home The Best Wildlife Garden Prize At ‘Advinia In Bloom’ Competition

24 October 2021

Rutherglen Advinia In Bloom

Team Rutherglen have been celebrating after winning the Best Wildlife Garden category at the inaugural ‘Advinia In Bloom’ competition.

Colleagues and Residents worked together to transform a disused area of their garden into a haven for wildflowers, insects and birds.

The project took place over several weeks as the group spent hours chatting, singing and laughing as they planted, potted and preened.

Activities Co-ordinator Maureen Thomson said when they were asked to come up with a name for their new space, it was a no-brainer.

Maureen said: “The name of the garden needed to reflect how it made you feel to sit in it – so we called it ‘Busy Bees Retreat’.

“The garden made us all feel relaxed and peaceful, and we all worked like busy bees to get it ready.

“Also, we have attracted absolutely loads of bees, hoverflies and some butterflies who visit us daily, so it seemed fitting.”

Judge Simon Morris, Advinia’s Non-Executive Director, singled out Rutherglen as his winner after being wowed by the results of the toil.

Simon said: “The transformation was fantastic, and I was particularly impressed with the imagination and creativity that went into developing the ‘Busy Bees Retreat’. Well done to Rutherglen.”

The Home received a £100 gardening voucher prize for coming first and plan to use it to make sure their garden blooms again in 2022.