We are urging the Housing Executive to reinstate the funding immediately to all providers.

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Winners on the day included Somme Park in Derry/Londonderry, where residents won the Grow Your Own category for their vegetable plot, Abercorn Court in Portrush which won best Independent Living Scheme garden, Hezlet Court in Coleraine which won the participation award and Glenshesk Court in Ballycastle who took the top prize for most innovative garden.

Felden in Newtownabbey was named Best Overall Family Development and Newtownabbey resident Colette Goodall won Best Individual Gardener.

The competition is run each year by Clanmil to acknowledge and reward those tenants who take a keen interest in keeping the green spaces around their homes looking the very best they can.

It also gives tenants with green fingers and a passion for gardening a chance to showcase their handiwork.

Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing Group, Clare Mc Carty said; It is wonderful to see these families settling in and making the homes their own.

We wish them all many happy years at Rosemount News.

The top accolade of Overall Winner went to The Imperial independent living scheme in Donaghadee.

Tim OMalley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil, said; We really appreciate the interest that so many of our tenants show in their gardens and the time, hard work and effort that they dedicate to making them look so well.

While any reprieve is welcomed, service providers will again be facing a five percent budget reduction in six months time.

A decision on how this stopgap funding will be allocated is expected at the end of October but there is no assurance that funding will be returned to all organisations that have had their budgets reduced.

Residents were presented with their awards by Clanmil Chief Executive, Clare Mc Carty at a special celebration at The Braid in Ballymena.