Hailsham is blooming marvellous after several of the town’s residents were recognised for their beautiful gardens.
Organisers said the competition run by Environment Hailsham - formally Hailsham in Bloom - has gone from strength to strength with many more residents entering the competition.
Environment Hailsham embarked on a competition encouraging people to tidy up their gardens and plant and create an attraction in their street, thereby making it a brighter and pretty place. Jackie Harris, spokeswoman for the charity, said: “The judges had a difficult task as there were many beautiful and skilfully organised gardens, but the winners by just one point were Mr and Mrs Berry. Their well laid out garden, which was full of colour and clever planting creating areas for wildlife and relaxing, took first prize, ahead of Mr Cousens, who had a beautiful strong colour design. Others gaining merit were Mr and Mrs Smith, Mr I McEwan, Mr I Hopkins, Mr R Atherden and Mr and Mrs J Coe.”
The Small Business Award was given to Karl Hopper-Young, of Sussex Independent Financial Advisors, of Downford House, George Street.
Mary Rowe, a member of Environment Hailsham and organiser of the event, said: “I was encouraged to see so many people taking part this year giving colour and pride to our town. We hope to build on this next year when we will be advertising the event in spring. There is to be a formal presentation by the Town Mayor and Chairman of Environment Hailsham on the evening of October 8 when all entrants to the competition will be invited to celebrate their achievements.”