High Standard of entries in Newhaven in Bloom contest

Best School was won by Harbour Primary (formerly Greys) garden club (pictured receiving their prize) with teacher Inga Elphick.
Best School was won by Harbour Primary (formerly Greys) garden club (pictured receiving their prize) with teacher Inga Elphick.

A gardening competition in Newhaven attracted a very high standard of entries, according to organisers.

Newhaven in Bloom is now down to just three members and is appealing for more people to sign up.

It was attended by 60 people including cllr Graham Amy and Seahaven Lioness Club president Esther Beerling.

Group chairman John Adams said: “There was a very standard. It was a good competition.”

Paradise Park in Newhaven hosted the event on Sunday September 15.

Tribute was paid to the hard work of Jim Kerr, who worked with Newhaven in Bloom and sadly passed away this year.

John added: “There are just three of us now. We enjoy doing it although it’s getting more difficult as we are all into our retirement age.”

As well as organising the In Bloom contest, the group also takes care of 35 planters.

The winners were: Best school, Harbour Primary (formerly Greys) garden club; Michael Elliott swept the board in the kitchen garden and bee friendly classes.

Irene and Michael Ruff had only been working on their garden a short while, but won the best front garden group.

Violet Tully and Linda Duddy were contenders for joint silver in the best balcony and pots group and best overall garden was won by Stephen Dodds.