Garden enthusiasts awarded at ceremony in Hailsham

Best Kept front garden winner Christine Berry.
Best Kept front garden winner Christine Berry.

Green-fingered residents and businesses were rewarded for their efforts at a special presentation evening held at Hailsham Town Council on Wednesday (October 8).

Environment Hailsham, a community based charity dedicated to improving the visual structure of Hailsham, holds a number of annual competitions that give local people the opportunity to flaunt their gardening skills, and aims to make the town more attractive for residents and visitors.

This year, there were five categories as well as the Hailsham Heritage Award, which recognises the work of architecture or landscape design which best protects and promotes the heritage of the town.

The winner for best kept front garden was Christine Berry and runner up was Roy Cousens, the award for best allotment (Battle Road) went to Mr A. Williams and runner up was Mr T. Miller, best allotment (Station Road) was won by Mr K. Sanderson and the runner up was Mr G. Robinson, the winners of the best business premises were Sussex Independent Financial Advisors, the winner of Best Public House Display was The Grenadier and the Hailsham Heritage Award went to The Old School/Prezzo.

Richard Grocock, chairman of Environment Hailsham and town councillor, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the worthy winners who have clearly put in a lot of hard work and dedication this year to create such spectacular, eye-catching landscapes and floral features.

“A big thank you to everyone involved in the competitions this year – volunteers, gardeners, allotment tenants, public houses and everyone else.”

Town Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley said the various local competitions on offer are a ‘great opportunity’ to showcase all the town has to offer local people and visitors.

Cllr Bentley said: “Environment Hailsham is a celebration of the wonderful work that goes on all year round right across Hailsham to enhance the horticultural appearance of our wonderful town.

“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.

“Well done to all competition entrants. I congratulate them for their effort and imagination put into maintaining these excellent gardens and displays.”