Sunday was judgement day in the annual March Gardens Competition.
The judges took to the roads to visit each of the gardens entered in the popular competition run by March Town Council’s In Bloom Group in conjunction with the Fenland Citizen.
This was the 18th year the competition has been run and once again local businesses stepped up to offer prizes for the various categories.
As with previous years the standards were extremely high and the judging team made up of: Bernard and Sylvia Keane, Trevor and Pat Quince from the In Bloom group and the Citizen’s Sarah Cliss had a difficult task choosing the winners.
Each garden in each of the five categories was marked out of 20 in four areas: tidiness, use of colour, use of space and overall appearance and at the end of the day the totals were added up to give the winners.
The winner of the pensioner’s garden category this year was Margie Silk of 7 Cavalry Drive, with Margaret Unwin of Springfield Avenue runner-up. Margie wins a bird feeding station with seed worth around £40 sponsored by Johnsons Ironmongers of March.
The large garden accolade went to Di Daynes of 28 Grounds Avenue, who impressed judges with her use of space. Runner-up in this category was Gloria Brown of 4 Festival Close, Manea. Di wins £50 of vouchers donated by West End DIY.
Maggie Phillips of 21 Landau Way, won the small garden category with Sally Chapman of 35 Regent Avenue second. Maggie wins £50 of vouchers donated by Skylark Country Store and Garden Centre.
The champion of champions category was won by Poul and Maria Nielsen-Bom of 45 Henson Road beating second place Peter Pimm of 6 Wigstones Road by just one mark. The Nielsen-Boms won a £50 cheque donated by March Town Council. Their garden will be open this weekend (July 20 and 21) from 10am to 4pm for the National Garden Society.
Friends of March Railway Station snatched the business category, winning the annual shield sponsored by Selby and Taylor Opticians of March. But Conquest Lodge, which entered the same category, will receive a special award for their beach-themed garden created by residents.
The overall winner with the highest mark on the day was Maggie Phillips of Landau Way, who will receive a £50 cheque from March Town Council.
All entrants will receive a certificate and the category winners will be awarded their prizes at a presentation evening at March Town Hall on Wednesday July 31 at 7pm, when the competition sponsors will be on hand to give out the prizes and there will also be a buffet for everyone to enjoy.