Gardeners were rewarded for their efforts at the recent Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent in Bloom Awards.
Stevyn Ricketts, the head of Streetscene, hosted the event at Thorngate Halls and Fred Dinenage from Meridian, again attended to present the awards, something to which Fred and award recipients always look forward.
The competition was judged by Gosport Borough Council’s contractors, Horticultural Services by Sodexo, which also sponsored the event.
They said they were surprised and delighted by the wonderful hidden oases they found dotted around the borough.
They were also impressed by the level of expertise in the creation and planting of the various gardens.
With contrasting styles and a high standard of horticulture on display, they found it difficult to choose the winners.
Councillor Graham Burgess, the chairman of the community board at Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘I would like to thank the residents for the pride and keen interest they take in not only their own gardens but also in improving areas within the borough as part of a community project.
‘For example, this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award went to the Alverstoke Woman’s Institute.
‘It approached the council hoping to be able to help out with a bit of gardening once a week.
‘It has gone on to adopt an area within Stanley Park and is working wonders in Osborn Gardens.’
LIST OF WINNERS: –
Best Back Garden – Gold: Mr & Mrs Taylor; Silver: Gloria & Hervey Brown; Bronze: Mr Thorne, Mr & Mrs Stock, Mr & Mrs Foster
Best Balcony – Gold: Swan Court; Silver: Joan Phillips, Audrey Dowsett, Margaret Cooper, Joan Tyson; Bronze: Mrs McIntosh
Best Front Garden – Gold: Mr & Mrs Hardwick; Silver: Mr & Mrs Stock, Mr & Mrs Foster; Bronze: Mr McPhee
Best Hanging Basket/Floral Container – Gold: Barbara Wallace; Silver: Brian McPhee; Bronze: Mr & Mrs Foster, Mr & Mrs Hardwick
Best Retirement/Sheltered Complex – Gold: Langdale Nursing Home; Silver: Alver Quay; Bronze: Pembroke Court
Best Business Initiative – Gold: Gosport Day Services; Silver: Alver Quay
Community & Neighbourhood Award – Gold: Alverstoke Women’s Institute; Silver: Help for Heroes Garden; Bronze: Holly Street
Outstanding Achievement – Alverstoke Women’s Institute
Best Allotment – Gold: Richard Thorne; Silver: Michelle Yuan; Bronze: Sharon Miles
Best Newcomer & Mayor’s Award – Mr & Mrs Taylor