Gardeners celebrate success

Hailsham in Bloom JPSE
Hailsham in Bloom JPSE

Green-fingered residents in Hailsham enjoyed the sweet smell of success this week after winners of this year’s Hailsham in Bloom competition were announced.

Hailsham In Bloom judges visited various gardens in the town and short-listed nominees for the Best Kept Front Garden, Best Allotment, Best Business Premises (Small and Large) and Best Public House Display.

Points were given for garden design, quality of floral displays, landscaping, biodiversity and cleanliness. Passion and gardening knowledge were apparent with some gardens and business premises demonstrating a good selection of plants and colour combinations, evidence of recycling, and a tidy appearance.

Hailsham In Bloom Chairman Richard Grocock said the judges were highly impressed with this year’s competition entries. He said: “The standard of entries this year was very high and the quality of planting compared well with previous years. The time and dedication many entrants spend in their gardens is a credit too them. Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the competitions, especially the winners and runners-up. You should be proud of your achievements.”

Winners and runners-up of each competition will be presented with their prizes at a Hailsham In Bloom awards presentation evening to be held at the town council offices on October 2.

Members of Hailsham in Bloom are hoping for the same success in this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition. Judges were out in force on Monday (July 15) and were driven around the town assessing horticultural creations and listening to Hailsham in Bloom’s community activities.

Included in the tour were the town centre’s floral displays in North Street, George Street and the High Street, the Dennis King Memorial Orchard and Sensory Garden, and the recently enhanced arboretum near the Common Pond.

Mr Grocock said “An enormous amount of time and effort has gone into Hailsham in Bloom projects this year. Hailsham has continued to maintain a very high standard in terms of horticultural displays, local environmental quality initiatives and other community project throughout the past year, and many projects undertaken have not only brought together residents, businesses and local community groups, but encouraged them to think about their local environment. For this reason, we already consider Hailsham in Bloom 2013 a resounding success.”

The results will be revealed in September.