An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.
We were again bowled over by the exceptionally high standard of the 14 gardens that entered our annual Best Front Garden (BFG) competition; I, personally, was as green as their immaculate lawns!
Some were new and some were old favourites, some were large and some were small, but they were all amazing in their different ways.
As the number and standard of gardens increases each year, so does the difficulty of choosing a winner, but it gives us very great pleasure to finally be able to announce our 2017 winners! The prizes were presented at the Bradley Stoke Carnival on Saturday 26th August.
First prize was the BFG trophy, a gold medal engraved with the winner’s name, a £40 voucher donated by the Harvester Restaurant and a £30 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.
Second prize was an engraved glass trophy, a silver medal and a £20 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.
Third prize was an engraved glass trophy, a bronze medal and a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.
The Facebook Favourite prize was a certificate and an engraved medal.
All the runner ups also received a certificate and an engraved medal.
Thank you to these companies, to Timpson’s for the large discount given on the trophy engraving and to Mayor Andy Ward for helping to hand out the prizes.
If you would like to see the gardens for yourselves, most of the addresses are available on request. Click on letter code below (A, B, C etc) to view photos of each garden on the BSiB Facebook page.
1st: Richard & Gill Love (L: Brackendene)
2nd: Terry James & Mike Checkley (C: Watch Elm Close)
3rd: Kevin & Gillian Griffiths (B: Stean Bridge Road)
4th: Roger & Angela Burgess (A: Stean Bridge Road)
Runners-up (in alphabetical order)
- Alisa & Richard Aquilina (E)
- Amanda McLay (M)
- Andrew Roach (J)
- Andy Wright (G)
- Claire & Ed Bruford* (K)
- David & Jenny Neale (H)
- Fred J Hillberg (D)
- Maureen Hopkins (I)
- Mr & Mrs M Thompson (N)
- Veronica Townsend (F)
* Also winner of the ‘Facebook favourite’ award
Photo – Prizewinners (l-r): Mike Checkley, Terry James, Gillian Griffiths, Kevin Griffiths, Gill Love and Richard Love.
More photos and images:
- Hi-res photos of the winners and runners-up:
- BSJ magazine centre spread:
This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on pages 24 & 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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