Talented Sunderland resident scoops top prize in commmunity gardening competition

Alan Devine, a Gentoo tenant from Ryhope, presented his garden to a panel of judges which included gardening enthusiasts from Gentoo and a representative from RE:GEN Group. Mr Devine impressed the panel with his garden’s impressive features including animal shaped hedges, pristinely cut grass and unique décor including a handmade Doctor Who tardis.

Mr Devine has lived with his wife in their Gentoo home for 40 years and has dedicated his retirement to working in the garden. Mr Devine collected the prize for Best Tenant Garden and won £200 worth of vouchers, a personalised trophy and a certificate from sponsors RE:GEN Group.

Mr Devine said: “I was over the moon to hear I had won the gardening competition; I never win anything!

“I have always had a positive experience with Gentoo and have lived in my home for 40 years. I spend a lot of time in the garden, often until late at night, making sure everything is looking its best.”

Louise Bassett, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo said: “The quality of this year’s entries reflects the hard work and dedication our tenants put into creating beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces.

“The competition is a brilliant way to bring communities together and recognise tenants and residents who take pride in our city and their homes.

“Our annual gardening competition is just one of the many ways we invest in communities and continue to make a positive contribution to our neighbourhoods.”

Paul Flannigan, Director of People and Culture at RE:GEN Group, said: “Being able to positively impact the local communities we serve is at the heart of everything we do here at RE:GEN, so it was great to be asked by Gentoo to support this competition.

“I know my colleagues who were involved in the judging process have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the residents and seeing all the hard work that has gone into each and every entry submitted – a huge well done to the winners!”