Top gardeners recognised at Hailsham in Bloom awards

Discretionary Award presented to 1st Hellingly Brownies
Discretionary Award presented to 1st Hellingly Brownies
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Green-fingered residents and businesses were recognised for their horticultural talent at this year’s Hailsham in Bloom awards.

Hailsham Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Bentley, handed out awards at a presentation evening held on Wednesday evening (October 2).

Hailsham in Bloom holds a number of annual competitions which give residents the opportunity to flaunt their horticultural skills, and aims to make the town more attractive for residents and visitors.

This year, there were five categories with marks awarded for colour combination, landscape and floral design, quality of plants and evidence of recycling.

There was also the Hailsham Heritage Award, which recognises work of architecture or landscape design which protects and promotes the heritage of the town.

Cllr Bentley said the competition was a great opportunity to showcase all the town has to offer residents and visitors.

She added: “Eye-catching floral and horticultural displays which are attractively maintained by residents and local businesses are enjoyed by people, boosting civic pride in the process.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners of each competition category and extend a big thank you to everyone involved in the various competitions this year – volunteers, gardeners, allotment tenants, public houses and everyone else.”

Hailsham in Bloom chairman Richard Grocock said: “These awards are a celebration of the wonderful work that goes on all year round right across Hailsham to enhance the appearance of our wonderful town.

“It is fitting that we celebrate the hard work of gardeners in Hailsham whose vibrant displays not only increase civic pride but help enhance economic and social prosperity in our town. I hope the efforts of this year’s winners will inspire others to get involved in gardening and participate in the competitions next year!”

The Hailsham in Bloom 2013 winners were as follows: Best Kept Front Garden: Winner: Mr R Cousens (Moore Park); Runner-up: Ms J Figg-Leach (Front Lane); Highly Commended: Mrs L Woodley, Ms T Harper, Mr & Mrs P Mead, Mr & Mrs J Coe, Mrs C Berry. Best Kept Allotment: Winner (Battle Road allotments): Mr B Pullen (Plot 34); Winner (Station Road allotments): Mr G Robinson (Plot 6). Best Business Premises (Large): Winner: Waitrose Hailsham (Vicarage Field). Best Business Premises (Small): Winner: Neptune Design Centre (North Street); Highly Commended: Sussex Independent Financial Advisors (George Street). Best Public House Display: Winner: The King’s Head (South Road). Hailsham Heritage Award 2013: Winner: Bowes House Care Home (Battle Road).

Discretionary Awards were presented to 1st Hellingly Brownies, 6th Hailsham Rainbows and Cllr Mary Rowe for their volunteer work and dedication to Hailsham In Bloom throughout the past year.

For the full results and pictures pick up this week’s Hailsham edition of the Sussex Express.