Green-fingered individuals and businesses have been rewarded for their efforts at a prize ceremony for the annual Hailsham In Bloom awards.
The awards were co-presented on October 2 by the former town mayor, Jeff Bentley-Astor, who was instrumental in forming the initiative in Hailsham.
The Town Council’s Hailsham in Bloom Committee holds a number of annual competitions giving local people the opportunity to flaunt their horticultural skills, and aims to make the town more attractive for residents and visitors alike.
This year there were five categories with marks awarded for colour combination, landscape and floral design, quality of plants and evidence of recycling and a tidy appearance all round, in addition to the Hailsham Heritage Award category, which recognised work of architecture or landscape design that best protected and promoted the heritage of the town.
Mr Bentley-Astor said: “Hailsham In Bloom is a celebration of the wonderful work that goes on all year round, right across Hailsham, to enhance the appearance of our wonderful town.
“This year’s entries included eye-catching floral and horticultural displays which were attractively maintained by residents and local businesses and enjoyed by people, boosting civic pride in the process.”
Deputy Town Mayor and Chairman of Hailsham In Bloom, Coun Richard Grocock said the competition was a great opportunity to showcase all the town had to offer both residents and visitors. He said: “I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone involved in the various competitions this year – volunteers, gardeners, allotment tenants, public houses and everyone else.
“Our competitions are always a highlight of the year for the Hailsham In Bloom team and I hope the efforts of this year’s winners will inspire others to get involved in gardening and participate in the 2013 competition.”
The winners were: Best Kept Front Garden; Ron Cousens: Best Allotment, Mr A. Durham; Best Business Premises (Large),Tesco (North Street); Best Business Premises (Small), Mark Soper Opticians;
Best Public House Display, The White Hart; Hailsham Heritage Award 2012 Winner – Hailsham Parish Church (formerly St Mary’s Parish Church).