Gosport gardeners honoured

Mr and Mrs Foster's garden

Mr and Mrs Foster's garden

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RESIDENTS have praised an awards ceremony celebrating their gardens.

Gosport in Bloom rewarded people for their efforts in making the town look bright and colourful.

Gold, silver and bronze awards were given in a number of categories including best front garden, best back garden, best balcony and best hanging basket.

Maria and Bob Foster won a gold in best front and back garden, a silver in best hanging baskets and won the Mayor’s Best of the Best Award.

The couple, from Dampier Close, were happy with their accolades.

Maria said: ‘This is the fifth time we have entered Gosport in Bloom and probably the best we have done. We were surprised that we did extremely well because winning isn’t necessarily the main thing for us.

‘It was nice to get the Mayor’s Award though.’

The couple work hard to keep their gardens up to scratch and have a range of begonias, petunias and fuchsias in their front garden.

But for them, the most enjoyable part of the competition is the award ceremony.

Maria added: ‘We love the award night and that’s what we enjoy best.

‘It’s a lovely night out to speak to people and be social.

‘Gosport Borough Council does a brilliant job with the ceremony and the running of the competition.’

Medals and certificates were handed out to organisations or wardens of sheltered housing as well as to more than 20 individuals.

Pamela Morris, from Chester Court, won a silver for best front garden and a certificate for best hanging baskets. She was thrilled with the wins.

The 77-year-old said: ‘I was really happy to win. It was thrilling.

‘This is the third time I have entered the competition and I do love it.

‘I love sitting in the garden and sorting out the flowers so to be recognised for it was really good.

‘The whole evening was really enjoyable.’

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