THE CHAIRMAN of the Seaford in Bloom Awards Isabel Stephenson welcomed more than 80 guests to the organisation’s annual awards ceremony.
Among the guests were Seaford mayor Linda Wallraven and Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre and Bill Plumridge, who presented the awards. During a slideshow of gardens Ashley Stephenson offered hints and tips that could be invaluable to future entrants.
Seaford in Bloom spokesperson Jim Murray said: “This ranged from curving the edges, filling the garden with colour and using unusual plant specimens to cleaning the garden of weeds, pests and disease before judging takes place.
“The judges always make an allowance for the prevailing weather conditions whether it be drought or, as was the case this year, floods.”
Ashley revealed the judges’ points scoring framework of marking: color and co-ordination, 40 per cent; condition and cultivation, 30 per cent; design, 15 per cent; cleanliness, five per cent; impact, five per cent and variety, five per cent.
The Seaford in Bloom Awards Ceremony took place at Dean’s Place Hotel in Alfriston on Tuesday August 14.
This is the fifth year running that the prizes for the Seaford in Bloom Floral Competition have been presented at this venue.
During the evening guests heard from the Seaford in Bloom chairman Isabel that a record £2,300 had been raised at the Open Gardens. Isabel thanked all the loyal helpers and supporters, adding that the committee were always looking for new venues.
She praised Seaford Town Council for its support, particularly with the cost of watering the floral containers, as well as the Rotary Club of Seaford for sponsoring the awards event; Dean’s Place for hosting it and all the various Seaford businesses, societies, clubs and associations which helped every year.
Isabel also thanked the judges, Ashley Stephenson and Phillip Pople, for their excellent judging efforts and Seaford Golf Club for providing their refreshments.
A large screen photo, provided by Nigel and Fotobox, of the winning entry accompanied each recipient’s award.
There was loud applause when cllr Wallraven presented the Mayor’s Cup for Outstanding effort to enhance Seaford to Crooked Lane Estates.
For the second year running, the Best Back Garden and Best Overall Entry trophies were awarded to Mrs D Hicks who received a new trophy this year, the Gillian Fisher Cup, which was donated and presented by Len Fisher in memory of his wife Gillian.
John Price presented The Ivy Price Cup for High Standard of Achievement to Old Ben Homes.
There was also loud applause when Mrs Barbara Bax, aged 92, a long time loyal supporter of Seaford in Bloom, was awarded the Plantsman’s Cup for Best Plant Interest.
The Patrick McCausland Trophy for special contribution to Seaford in Bloom was awarded to Dean’s Place Hotel which have generously hosted this event for the last five years.
The next SIB fundraising event will be “A Pasta Evening” at Diella’s restaurant on Friday 30th November. Full details will be posted around the town nearer the date.
For information on all Seaford in Bloom events go to www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/sib