An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.
Our annual Best Front Garden competition was judged at the end of July and it gives us very great pleasure to announce the winners! First place has again been awarded to Maureen Hopkins, who impressed the judges with the quantity and quality of plants and the character of her front garden. We could see that gardening is a labour of love for Maureen and her personal warmth and charm is reflected in her garden. With 92½ points, second place went to Alisa & Richard Aquilina, the judges were impressed by their flourishing pots; and with 89 points third place was awarded to Margaret Howdle with her colourful hanging baskets.
We had only planned a 1st prize, but were so impressed by the gardens we saw that we decided to also award a 2nd and 3rd place this year. 1st prize is a trophy engraved with the winner’s name, a meal for two voucher donated by the Harvester Restaurant and a £25 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre. For both 2nd & 3rd, the prize is an engraved dibber; 2nd place will also receive a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.
Thank you to these companies, to Timpson’s for the large discount given on the trophy engraving and to Mayor John Ashe for handing out the prizes.
Our Best Planted Pot competition had an unforeseen hitch. We had asked everyone to bring their pots to the carnival for judging, but with no parking allowed on site it became impractical to carry them there. So that the engraved trophies don’t go to waste, it has been suggested that we re-run this as a Winter Planted Pot competition. Watch this space!