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A huge thank you to everybody who shared their 'Garden Disaster' with us.
We can confirm the competition is now closed and the top 10 shortlisted entries are listed below and have been presented to our esteemed panel of judges.
The winner will be announced on the 31st July.
"We've just taken on a bit more than we expected! From a house on an estate to a tumbledown cottage (a lot of which seems to have tumbled into the unkempt garden giving us an impromptu rockery) we are overwhelmed by the task ahead. Obviously once a well kept and well loved garden, it has fallen into neglect for years and it's our hope to restore it to a former glory, albeit with our own stamp on it. It's going to need a lot of hacking, cutting, trimming and sculpting, all without mains electric at the moment but with your help and the cordless range of tools you manufacture, I think its just about possible!"
"My partner & I recently put all of our money into purchasing our own home. We would love to finish off our perfect home by having a garden that we can be proud of but we simply don't have to tools to get the job done! The garden looks as though it hasn't been cared for in decades so we could really benefit from such a brilliant prize! We also have a pet dog who can't enjoy the outside space we have so we would love for him to be able to enjoy the garden with us!"
"You will see from the photos that our garden(s) front and back are in a pretty sorry state. I have been trying to take control since we moved here in 2010 without much success.
Somewhere in front of the shed there is a patio area which would benefit from the patio cleaner. The shed really needs repainting and a new roof covering (so could the garage) as well are removing all of the weeds, brambles and saplings growing around it (there is actually a path around the shed - somewhere). The hedge trimmer and pruning saw will come into their own removing all of that.
The bushes and brambles in the front garden could do with a lot of atttention from the same tools as well as the chainsaw to remove some of the more substantial saplings. In the view from the front looking up, somewhere the house is just visible. You will also notice the meadow (for want of a better description). I can just about cope with keeping some of the grass down by driving our old RAV4 backwards and forwards over it, but attention from a lawnmover and grass strimmer would make a huge difference.
Dealing with the brambles and ferns on the steep slope up to the house will be a gargantuan task and all of the tools will be in constant use for quite a while. Somewhere in that jungle there is a flight of steps. It would be fantastic to clear everything away so they could be used again.
In the autumn the leaf-fall is immense - I don't have any photos of that but I leave it to the imagination. The blower would certainly save hours of sweeping.
I think the whole project needs to be planned and started, once have the tools I need for the job, in the early autumn. Watch this space!!!"
"Oh I wish I’d looked after me shed
But I left it, abandoned, instead
I’ve let it all slip
Now the hedge has it’s grip
wrapped tightly around me old shed
I should’ve been weeding
Just look at em - seeding
themselves round me lop-sided shed
No pruning or mowing
The grass keeps on growing
and smothering me poor, rotten shed
This garden just fills me with dread
The brambles reach over my head
so please help me master my jungle disaster
and then... I can rescue me shed!"
"Due to a mixture of disability and long-term illness our garden has been more and more neglected over a number of years now. Somewhere there is both a glass and a polycarbonate greenhouse with one containing a chest freezer which we have not been able to access for around a year to eighteen months maybe longer, so we don’t even know if it is still working. We started with one apple tree and now it looks like we have three or four saplings growing around it. We also believe the wooden shed has damage to the roof so I believe the power tools inside are now unusable.
The plan is basically to completely clear the garden (bar the main apple tree, but it does need pruning) and start again from scratch. From then I can make the garden more accessible for myself as well as my friends and family, who a majority of them are also disabled, by making raised beds and lay a new lawn. I would also like to erect some kind of shed/workshop so I can do my main hobbies (3D printing, Warhammer) away from the house due to particulates released from the resin and spray paint can cause, aggravate and exasperate respiratory issues.
I have managed to make a start due to the nice weather and shielding due to COVID-19. However, I have stopped again because the One+ loppers I was using broke where the spring attaches to a little eyelet on the body, and I do not have the shoulder or grip strength to use tools like saws and secateurs for prolonged use due to my chronic fatigue. I have not been able to replace the One+ loppers due to the fact that I am shielding.
With the tools on offer, we would be able to complete this project in a shorter time, plus they can replace the existing power tools I own, that I suspect are now unsafe to use.
Pic one – down the side of the house
Pic two – away from the house
Pic three – toward the house"
"My garden is about 150 ft.
Me and wife work in the NHS and don’t have the money buy the tools we need.
So if we won it would really help us. We want our garden to look nice but just don’t have the tools."
"I bought my house back in May 2018, a house that had not been lived in for over 10 years. At the time the back garden was inaccessible due to everything being overgrown eg 20ft brambles, 8ft stinging nettles etc. That year I made good progress, working every weekend, and cleared a lot of it despite only having hand tools. However, I couldn't do anything for the whole of 2019 due to a back problem and the weeds fought back!!! I now need to start again, and as you can see from the photos it is a mammoth task. Having a fleet of power tools would help tremendously in my efforts to take back control."
We are a young couple set to get married in August of 2021. Due to Covid-19 our florist unfortunately went out of business - concerned it may happen again we have decided to grow our own wedding flowers! We have little more experience than growing the odd hanging basket, but are doing lots of research and are going to give it a go! Unfortunately as you can see from the images we are a little up against it in terms of turning this space around before we need to start planting this autumn. We have been trying to get by on cheap and borrowed tools, your competition prize would make a huge difference to us.
Thank you for your consideration,
"To the side of my neighbours house there is this small open plan garden area about 15ft by 15ft and over the years I have been looking after it for them as they are elderly but lately it has become increasingly difficult to maintain.
At the start of 2020 I had a fall at home which meant I was not active for over 3 months whilst I rested and got better.
The area quickly became overgrown and out of control and I left it for a little while longer because I just couldn’t cope with it.
Its location means its difficult to get power leads to reach it with a mains hedge trimmer and strimmer. With two manis powered hedge cutters in my shed where I have accidentally cut through the mains lead my wife wants me to use rechargeable garden equipment to be safe.
I would like to transform this area into a flower and shrubs garden with a seating area which can be enjoyed by our neighbours.
The Ryboi Garden Power Tools included in this magnificent prize will I am sure make light work of the task to make and maintain a new flowers and shrub area for people to relax in all year round."
"Life has thrown quite a few curve balls in recent years. We've gone to seed - and so has our garden.
Our once productive apple trees have become badly overgrown - most now resemble Cousin It, with skirts trailing on the lawn! Where does one end and the next begin? Wife and my healths just won't permit extended hours hauling away with hand tools any more - we need saws with Ryobi Powers!
Hogweed, dock and brambles have infested everywhere - lawn, flower beds and veg garden. Our petrol mower isn't manoeuvrable enough for us now (not least getting the darn thing started with a rip cord!). We are desperate for a lightweight strimmer, so that we can reclaim the garden and keep them under control. And a light-weight mower? Vroom - Ryobi Power to the rescue!
And finally, our sunken north-east facing patio, home to winter leaves and moss? How wonderful would it be to be able to pop out in a rare dry spell and exert Ryobi Power!
So we prevaricate - where do we start? There is SO much, and we are only two slightly decrepit mortals with limited activity time.
Please grant us Ryobi Super Powers, and return our garden to us (preferably without the radioactive spider bite!)
Please note this is a copy of my wife's entry - she encountered an error when submitting, so doesn't know if it arrived with you!"
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