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A night to celebrate at Wisbech in Bloom Gardens Competition Awards evening

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Residents and businesses joined Wisbech in Bloom volunteers and sponsors at the annual garden competition awards evening at the Wisbech Institute.

All the winners at the annual Wisbech in Bloom Gardens presentation. Photo: Roger Rawson. (4763507)
All the winners at the annual Wisbech in Bloom Gardens presentation. Photo: Roger Rawson. (4763507)

Brian Massingham, chairman of Wisbech in Bloom thanked all of the contestants for taking part in the competition which supports the Wisbech in Bloom entry in both the Anglia and Britain in Bloom competitions.

There were a record number of entries this year with many highly commended awards presented.

The evening ended with Wisbech Town Council Allotment Awards being distributed which was followed by a buffet provided by in Bloom volunteers.

Prizes awarded were: Winner of the Small Garden 'in town' category was Pauline Holman and runners up were Bill and Marilyn Batrick. The Large garden category was won by Chris Cook with Sandra Harwin the runner up.

The Small Garden 'out of town' winners were Wendy and Ernie Bellenes of Wisbech St Mary with Mr B.Markham of Upwell runner up.

David Martin from Emneth repeated last year’s success by winning the Large Garden 'out of town' category. Runners up were Jim and Mel Wakefield.

A special award for the most improved garden was presented to Ashley and Veronica Inwood from Outwell, and keen young gardeners Lily and Chloe Plaice were presented with some plants.

Wendy and Ernie Bellenes also won both the Best Hanging Basket and Container Garden categories. The container garden award was presented by David and Mavis Chapman, previous garden competition winners who sponsor the category.

The trophy for the Wildlife Friendly category was also won by Wendy and Ernie Bellenes. The award was presented by Brian Kierman on behalf of sponsors, The Fenland Branch of the Royal Society of St George.

Unsurprisingly, the Silver Spade award for the Best Overall Entry went to Wendy and Ernie Bellenes.

The Wisbech in Bloom award for the business that has helped the group over many years was won by Eastern Rent a Van and Cars.

Ray Johnson presented the Wisbech Society trophy for the volunteer going the extra mile for Wisbech in Bloom to Derek Hudson of Walton Road.

Paul Faulkner, owner of the Retreat Hair Salon at the corner of Chapel Road and Exchange Square was delighted to win the Octavia Hill Societies award for ‘Brightening up a Drab Corner’

The Elgoods Brewery award for the Best Floral Pub front was won by The Wheel, Wisbech St Mary.

Wisbech Chamber Of Commerce Awarded their Best Business Front to the Globe Pub, Market Place and the Best Office Front to The White House in Post Office Lane.

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