Gardeners reap the rewards at Chichester ceremony

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GARDENERS across the Chichester area have been given awards for their outstanding summer blooms.

Residents, schools and businesses scooped awards in the competition, organised by Chichester District Council.

The winners were honoured at an evening at the Assembly Rooms in Chichester.

Councillor Peter Clementson, chairman of Chichester District Council, presented the prizes.

He said: ‘It was a wonderful evening and it was excellent to see such a high standard of gardens and commitment by the residents to make their communities brighter.’

The winners for best front garden were Mrs Bethell, of Chichester, and Ms Shackleton and Mr Bradley, of Selsey. For best back garden the winners were Mr Mantell, of Chichester, and Ms Moss, of Emsworth.

Winning an award for the best hanging basket was Mrs Gilson, from Emsworth. The most environmentally-friendly category was won by Mr and Mrs Debacker, of Chichester, and for the best rock garden, the winner was Mr Paice, of Chichester.

Birdham Church of England School picked up the award for best school, for best vegetable plot and for having the most sustainable garden.