GARDENERS in Fareham were reaping the rewards of all their hard work as the community’s top growers were praised last night.
Hundreds of entries were received during this year’s Fareham in Bloom competition, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
For the past year, residents have been tending to gardens, woodland and school yards in a bid to brighten up the area.
Titchfield councillor Connie Hockley has been part of the in bloom process for more than a decade and said this year’s crop of entries were some of the best yet.
‘The competition has literally just grown like an acorn in a huge event that people are really excited about,’ she said.
The awards night took place at Ferneham Hall, in Osborn Road, Fareham.
About 300 people attended, with all being treated to a buffet as well as live music from the Voxpop Choir.
One of the winners on the night was the Porchester Memorial Gardens, which clinched the business parks and commercial landscapes category.
Julie Hind, director of the gardens, said: ‘We are so proud that our site has received these sought-after accolades – it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our small team of gardeners to create a beautiful, well-maintained setting in which local families can lay their loved ones’ ashes to rest.’
Other winners included the Northern Junior School, which won the schools gardening project category.
Heather Scott, grounds co-ordinator at Northern said the primary had already clinched a gold in the South and South East England in Bloom School Grounds competition as well as being crowned the county’s overall champion. However, she said the latest accolade ‘meant so much to the children’ as they were ‘very proud’ of their school.
A total of 34 prizes were presented last night.
Speaking of the in bloom competition, Cllr Hockley said: ‘It gives the residents pride in where they live and I think it lifts their spirits.
‘It’s got bigger and bigger.’
Full list of winners:
Small floral front garden - Jan Purnell
Large floral front garden – Pamela Hobbs
Courtyard or forecourt style garden – Mrs Jane Kemm
Plantsman’s front garden – Graham and Ann Stent
Container – Mrs Kath Stratton
Floral display – Mrs Pauline Cushman
Garden feature – Roy and Carol young
Small floral back garden – Roy and Carol Young
arge floral back garden – Jan Purnell
Small Plantsman’s back garden – Jayne Mcbride
Large Plantsman’s back garden – Robert Herbert
Wildlife back garden – Anne Gray
Schools gardening project – Northern Junior School
South and South East In Bloom schools award – Northern Junior School
Fareham Shopping Centre – Children’s art competition – 5 to 6 years Jessica Bailey; 7 to 8 years: Alfie Clifton; 9 years+ Freya Lumb
Allotments up to 5 rods – Gardener cup - – Mike and Fiona Seddon
Allotments over 5 rods – Hammond Memorial Trophy - Jeffery Nelson
Allotments – Overall winner - Barber Cup – Sara Redman
Best small site – Salterns Allotments
Best large site – Swinburne Cup – Red Barn Allotments
Council provided sheltered housing or day care – Castle Street day centre
Privately provided sheltered housing or day care – Moresby Court
Shop fronts, business premises and public houses – The Bold Forester
Business parks and commercial landscapes – Portchester Memorial Gardens
Community floral display – Lockswood Bowling Club
Award of outstanding Horticultural Excellence- Lockswood Bowling Club
The Community Awards - Jenny Prosser, Burnham Wood Residents, HMS Collingwood Victory Squadron, Fareham Shopping Centre, Iris Smith
Award of Outstanding Contribution – St Margaret’s Nurseries
Royal Horticultural Society National Certificate of Distinction - Fareham Conservation Volunteers
South and South East In Bloom Conservation Area – Warsash Common
South and South East In Bloom Recreation/small park – Civic Gardens, Sensory Garden, Westbury Manor
South and South East In Bloom Country Park – Holly Hill Country Park
South and South East In Bloom Small City – Fareham in Bloom
South and South East In Bloom Hampshire County winner – Fareham in Bloom