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talented gardeners recognised at ‘in bloom 2016’

Our annual gardening competition is always a highlight in our calendars and this year the ‘In Bloom’ entries were better than ever before. The creativity, passion and care demonstrated by this year’s entries was wonderful.

The high standard made things very difficult for our team of judges, made up of Frances Hope, Head Gardener at Loftus Garden Village, Lynda Rawlings, member of the Charter board, and Mary Edwards, member of the Derwen board.

Eventually the entries were whittled down and 26 talented gardeners were invited to the ‘In Bloom’ awards event held at the Lysaght Institute in Newport.

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The award for the Best Newcomer kicked off the event, with Mr Kenneth Lewis being awarded gold standard in the category. The judges were so impressed with his garden that he was also voted the overall winner of ‘In Bloom’, taking home the coveted Roy Morris Memorial Shield, he said, “I was a bit surprised and taken aback. I didn’t realise there was a shield as an overall winner. As a newcomer I didn’t know what to expect.”

Mr Lewis entered ‘In Bloom’ for the first time this year and has spent many months working hard in his garden, “The garden was derelict when we moved in 18 months ago. We worked hard to get it like this and all the family helped us. We’re very proud to win.”

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The Best Sunflower award was presented to 9 year old Millie who really enjoyed her ‘In Bloom’ experience, “I had a lovely afternoon and the people were talented with lovely gardens.”

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Scott Sanders, Director of Charter Housing and Derwen Cymru, presented the Best Newcomer and Best Sunflower awards, he said “I thought ‘In Bloom’ was a huge success and demonstrated the passion residents have for creating eye catching, relaxing, and in some cases edible gardens. The great thing about ‘In Bloom’ is the variety of designs and concepts it captures and the manner in which some are clearly created from an individual’s imagination whilst others are nurtured from a group of like-minded people. Gardening provides many benefits not least the positive impact it has on health and wellbeing for those involved. It also provides great enjoyment for those passing by and lifts the whole community. A great event only made possible by the ever increasing pool of residents taking pride in their homes and community.”

With many of our residents already making plans for next years ‘In Bloom’ entry, we’re also looking forward to seeing more fantastic gardens.

A big thank you to all involved and congratulations to all of our winners.

Many thanks to our sponsors Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, Willis Construction, Morganstone and Ixion Developments Ltd.

 

Best Newcomer

Silver Standard

  • Mr and Mrs Smith
  • Lisa Henry
  • Mrs Bannister
  • Frances Griffiths

 

Gold Standard

  • Mr K Lewis
  • Mrs May

 

Best Sunflower

Awarded to Millie and Logan.

 

Best Front Garden

Silver Standard

  • Mr Carpenter
  • Churchview House

 

Gold Standard

  • Mr and Mrs Tucker
  • Mr Guy

 

Best Back Garden

Silver Standard

  • Mr and Mrs Tucker

 

Gold Standard

  • Mrs Baynham
  • Mr Hemsley
  • Mrs Barbara Smith

 

Unusual Container

  • Mrs May
  • Mr Carpenter
  • Mr Guy
  • Church View
  • Cwrt Twyn Carn
  • Mr and Mrs Tucker
  • Mrs Baynham

 

Best Courtyard

Silver Standard

  • Mr and Mrs Dales
  • Mrs Harris

 

Gold Standard

  • Mr Stockwell
  • Mrs Baker and Mr Rogers

 

Best Community Garden

Silver Standard

  • Share Centre – Stow Hill
  • Monarch Court
  • Manor Court

 

Gold Standard

  • Cwrt Twyn Carn

 

Roy Morris Memorial Shield – this is awarded to the best garden from across each of the categories, awarded to Mr Kenneth Lewis.

 

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