Japanese garden wins award

b11-900 Garden Of The Year competition ''Winner of best small back garden: Roy Richards of Wootton.
b11-900 Garden Of The Year competition ''Winner of best small back garden: Roy Richards of Wootton.

A GREEN-fingered man who has created a Japanese garden has been crowned a winner in our Garden Of The Year Competition.

Roy Richards, 62, who has built up the garden over the last 15 years with help from his wife Dianne, has won the category of Small Back Garden.

Roy and Dianne of Elmsdale Road, Wootton, have been gradually creating the Japanese-themed garden after it saw a similar garden in Bournemouth.

The couple decided to enter the competition after they opened up their garden to the public for The National Gardens Scheme to raise money for Macmillan Nurses.

Dianne said: “Roy works really hard on the garden and he has done a great job. He does pretty much all of it, I just help out with weeding and sweeping,

“We both looked round a Japanese garden in Bounemouth and said to each other ‘we could create that’, so slowly but surely we worked on it.”

The garden is full of a mix of acer and bonsai trees, as well as clamaytis flowers. It also has a pond filled with coy fish.

Dianne added: “We had great feedback from people when we opened up our garden, so I said to Roy why don’t we enter. He was really pleased when we found out we had won, it was a bit of a shock.”

The garden at 22 Elmsdale Road will be open to the public again this weekend between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday and noon till 6pm on Sunday. Admission is £3.50 and children go free.